Saturday, May 10, 2014
Short Story Saturday: Angels by Jen Conley NEEDLE MAGAZINE, Spring 2014
"Angel" is the traditional cop story we see too little of lately. It manages through excellent writing, atmosphere, and character to invigorate the genre.
A seasoned female cop gets the call to investigate an accusation of rape. The call has come in from a young boy, who is hesitant to provide the details necessary. The girl herself also has some doubts about reporting the crime and can't identify her assailant. The story does a great job of showing the reader why such a crime can be difficult to solve and prosecute. Conley also has a lot to say about grief. I hope Officer Andrea Vogel gets another case. She's a great protagonist.
This story appears in NEEDLE MAGAZINE, Spring 2014.