Hal Dygert writes hard-boiled crime stories set in his native Pacific Northwest.
“The sound of the fatal shot carried across the square, through the town, to the hills beyond. The townfolk approached slowly, tentatively at first—from inside the courthouse, from business doorways, from the streets. And then they came chopping across the snowfield, all high knees and lunging steps, as if in a competition, converging on the quick and the dead.”
Excerpt from “Better off Dead.” You can read the first chapter here.