Once Upon A Lie
by Michael French
GENRE: Fiction / Murder Mystery
Once Upon a Lie is about a smart, ambitious sixteen year old, Alexandra, who chooses to keep silent when she learns terrible secrets about both her father and her mother, whom she grew up adoring. The price of keeping her “perfect” family together soon unravels her well-planned future, and puts in jeopardy the life of a young stranger whom she befriends and ultimately falls in love with. We learn how your life can end at any time, and it can end more than once. And then it can be saved.
The beefy man suddenly moved toward him. Jaleel raised the revolver, aimed, and pulled back the hammer. Hager stopped seven or eight feet away, with enough doubt in his eyes to buy Jaleel more time.
“I can see why you call yourself Mr. Hager. Your real name is Stephen Lyman, isn’t it?” Jaleel said, using information his student had gotten him. “You’ve got a rap sheet. You’ve been in jail several times for failing to pay judgments. You might even be a suspect in the Bank of Vancouver robbery three months ago. That why you’ve been hiding out here with your ex and little boy?”
The volcano in Jaleel was moving from simmer to boil. “If I shot you this instant, would the police really care?”
“You’re in over your head, pussy. I never heard of a teacher type who could pull a trigger.”
“You don’t know anything about me.”
“I know a coward when I see one.”
“So do I,” Jaleel replied.
He took a decisive step forward, and watched as Hager stepped back. “Here’s what I’m going to do,” Jaleel promised, barely recognizing his voice. “I’m not going to call the cops. I’m keeping your gun and going back to my apartment. I don’t want to hear one more word of fighting, one fist slamming my wall, and if you ever hurt your child or even your dog, I’m going to come back and shoot you between the eyes.”
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Michael R. French graduated from Stanford University where he was an English major, focusing on creative writing, and studied under Wallace Stegner. He received a Master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He later served in the United States Army before marrying Patricia Goodkind, an educator and entrepreneur, and starting a family. In addition to publishing over twenty titles, including award-winning young adult fiction, adult fiction, biographies ad self-help books, he has written or co-written a half-dozen screenplays, including Intersection, which has won awards in over twenty film festivals. He has also had a long business career in real estate, living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His passions include travel, collecting rare books, and hanging with friends and family. He describes his worst traits as impatience and saying “no” too quickly; his best are curiosity, taking risks, and learning from failure.
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