The Play of Light and Shadow & "Writing 'The Play of Light and Shadow'"

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
The crime was impossible, but it happened. The gallery was locked and under constant observation, but the valuable painting was stolen, and later the prime suspect was murdered. A private detective and a professor turned bartender team up to solve who did it and how. Plus an article about how the novelette came to be written: "Writing 'The Play of Light and Shadow.'" More

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About Barry Ergang

Former Managing Editor of Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine ( and First Senior Editor of Mysterical-E (, Barry Ergang's fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in numerous publications, print and electronic. He is a winner of a Derringer Award from the Short Mystery Fiction Society for the best flash fiction story of 2006.

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Dennis Palumbo reviewed on on Feb. 26, 2017

A beautifully-realized classic "locked room mystery" that both intrigues and plays fair with the reader. Ergang is an elegant writer who depicts a character's traits with a simple but effective description, necessary in a shorter work if the story is to come alive for the reader. Highly recommended!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Randy Johnson reviewed on on March 9, 2012

THE PLAY OF LIGHT AND SHADOW is that classic locked room mystery.

A painting is stolen, the P.I. hired to guard it for the party being thrown by the rich man, and a shadowy thief who's vowed to steal all his former partner's work, an artist who's gone straight after fifteen years in prison, to keep him from becoming big in art circles all come together in the novelette.

Throw in a murder and we get a fine tale.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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