EAST VILLAGE NOIR
By Russell Atwood
Published: December 20, 2009.
"Finding a runaway teenager in New York City is easy. The hard part is finding the one your looking for."
Private eye Payton Sherwood is hired by the parents of a runaway girl, and while searching for her through the shadowy sidestreets of the East Village, he comes across a connection to a murdered autograph expert.
Short story originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, July 1997.