Monday, December 9, 2013

                                                        by author Colin Falconer  

One of the stories Colin is fond of telling is from a pretty reliable source, a member of the Royal Hong Kong police force. Colin used it in one of his books.  It was the only real thing in his book, but he caught a bit of flak about it as being too farfetched. The story was about two Triad (Chinese secret society involved in organized crime) henchmen who were driving around one night wondering  what to do with the body they had in the boot – as you do – so they broke into a dumpling factory and tried to force the corpse through a mincer.

But the body jammed and when one of them tried to free it he got his own hand stuck in the machine as well and lost two of his fingers. His mate took him and his mangled digits to the local emergency department.

But the doctor who tried to re-attach them was quite puzzled. His patient had lost an index finger and a thumb; what they had brought with them to the ER was a pinkie and part of a toe.

His suspicions were aroused, as they say.

And that’s how the cops made the arrest. The two hit men were caught red-handed, so to speak.

 “Rule one of reading other people’s stories is that whenever you say ‘well that’s not convincing’ the author will most likely tell you that’s the bit that wasn’t made up.  Real life is under no obligation to be convincing.” – Neil Gaiman

I think Neil might be whispering directly to me.  LOL.  But what a GREAT clue for a you-solve-it, huh? How fast and furious do you suppose Johnene’s rejection letter would be?  I’d open up my SASE, all excited, heart pumping at the prospect of maybe finding a contract…and find a pile of ashes. Still warm from Johnene’s wrath.


Tamara said...

Oh, that is so funny -- both the story and your comments. I might have named it "Fingering the Killer" or something. As one who often has stories rejected for lack of plausibility, I liked Neil Gaiman's comment about real life as well.

Chris said...

PLEASE write it and give it a try, Jody. That would be so good to see in WW... or as a rejection to, umm, pick the bones over (sorry, couldn't resist) ;~}

Jody E. Lebel said...

I might have called it "A shred of evidence".

Or "The case of the mangled mishap".

Or "Caught by a mere digit".

Or "Mismatched".

Or "Lost in a dumpling factory"

Or "His fortune cookie said he was going to lose something today".

Geez...we could go on and on...

Jody E. Lebel said...

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Mary Jo said...

Brrrr! Shades of FARGO. This one with digital malware.

Tamara said...

Ah, Steve Buscemi, my favorite actor, in the wood chipper.