Exhibit A in the case for the genius of Andrew Spradling. The name of the female protagonist in his novel-in-progress. She’s a detective. Even now, you’re painting the picture of Harper Stowe. That’s what a good name can do. Genius.
Exhibit B. The setting. The vacation destination of choice for the moneyed crowd. The beautiful people. The extravagant homes. The attitude of privilege. Rich in possibilities. Genius.
Yeah, it’s that kind of story. Why else would you need Harper Stowe? But Andy takes us inside the killer’s head with first-person vignettes that are chilling. Exhibit C. Genius.
Obituaries used to be written by a professional at the newspaper. Now they’re written by a family member. Some are good, most are soon forgotten. There is one such forgettable obituary in Andy’s story. As I was reading it as part of the Shelton College Review, I was wondering why it was included in the novel. It was written by the killer. About his wife. And in the obituary, dripping with the usual sentiment and over-stated tribute to the lost loved-one, are subtle glimpses into the the killer’s psyche. I wonder if Harper Stowe will notice. Yeah. Cause she’s Harper Stowe. Genius.
This is going to be a good one. Probably be finished in time for next summer’s beach trip. Just don’t take a copy to Hilton Head.