Michigan native Patricia Abbott will be at the Huntington Woods Library on Wednesday, June 22 from 7:00 to 8:30pm to promote the release of her latest mystery novel, Shot in Detroit. She will be speaking and signing copies of her work. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Book Beat. For more information contact the Huntington Woods Library at (248) 543-9720.
“An assured mystery centering on artistry and the price that can be paid for it.”
Violet Hart is a photographer who has always returned to cobble out a life for herself in the oddly womb-like interiors of Detroit. Nearing forty, she’s keenly aware that the time for artistic recognition is running out. When her lover, Bill, a Detroit mortician, needs a photograph of a body, she agrees to takes the picture. It’s an artistic success and Violet is energized by the subject matter, persuading Bill to allow her to take pictures of some of his other “clients,” eventually settling on photographing young, black men.
When Violet’s new portfolio is launched, she quickly strikes a deal, agreeing to produce a dozen pictures with a short deadline, confident because dead bodies are commonplace in Detroit and she has access to the city’s most prominent mortician. These demands soon place Violet in the position of having to strain to meet her quota.
Patricia Abbott is the author of more than 100 stories in print, online, and in various anthologies, including Needle Mag, The Thrilling Detective, Plots With Guns, Spinetingler, and ThugLit. In 2009 she won a Derringer Award for her story My Hero. She is the author of two ebooks of stories: Monkey Justice and Home Invasion (through Snubnose Press). Her debut novel, Concrete Angel, was released by Polis Books in summer 2015. Her newest novel is Shot in Detroit. She is the coeditor of Discount Noir (Unteed Reads). She makes her home in Detroit. Follow her on Twitter at @pattinaseabbott.