The Problem of the Straton Murder

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During a discussion regarding whether or not a detective's seemingly cold and detached nature is necessary in solving a crime, a strange case from the past is brought back to light: a case which on first glance seemed to be simple and obvious instead turned out to be rather unique and complex in its own right and showed that, ultimately, the road to Hell is truly paved with good intentions...
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About John M. Redoix

I'm afraid I do not feel a particular need to share much about who I am or who I may not be. I doubt many readers would care for such things in the long run; especially if my work fails to live up to their standards. So I will try to keep this as simple as I possibly can. Thus, I may end up disappointing some who usually take interest in biographies (I'm not that interesting of a person anyway, so I do not believe I've spared you too much, however).

I write detective fiction. Heavily inspired by the Golden Age. As an amateur, my degree of success on the field is unknown even to me. Hopefully I will manage to present my views well enough through my works (or, hell, maybe I won't manage to bring myself to ever write something else) and represent the genre that I find the most interesting with some form of dignity.

As an author, my ultimate wish, though, is what all authors want. To be read.
In this early stage of my life, I do not find it necessary to live off of writing, but there are many people who turn to it, putting all their hopes and dreams, only to be left in the dirt and be buried with thousands and thousands of others just because they failed in advertising. And that is, perhaps, the worst part about the industry. Everyone hopes for a miracle - a chance for their voice to be heard - but only a few get that chance. And, most tragically of all, it often has nothing to do with their talent. The closest thing that would assure one a higher chance of being noticed would be by following the trends, I suppose. But in that case, writing becomes a tight constraint - instead of writing about what you want, you write about what you absolutely need to write to slightly increase your chance of success. And that is simply a shame, in my opinion.

Still - if nothing else - I hope that you will indulge by reading what few stories I have. If you are a struggling writer, I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors and hope that you can get through the hardest part of writing (which, ironically, isn't even the writing itself).

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Review by: GlennAndSasha Gabriel on Sep. 15, 2014 :
Mr. Redoix has done a great job with this short story. If you have not read his work yet, please do.

Mr. Redoix, you say this is your first attempt at a short story and that you are an new author. You say you’re not sure as to how successful you are. I’d like to say, I think this story is very successful, and, that I’d love to see a lot more from you. You say it’s hard for a new author to get noticed. Well, it is, but, from what other authors have told me, “just keep writing, and perhaps someday, someone will read your work and spread the news.”

There were a couple of passages in your story which I really liked:

“Sometimes, my dear, the lives of others are inexplicably tied together. And sometimes, due to the strange nature of one of the individuals on that crossroads shows just how bizarre of a world we really live in.”

I had to laugh, because my wife and I are always saying what a bizarre world we live in :)

The other passage is:

“…complete objectivity is necessary in reaching the truth. If you want the full, uncompromised version of it, you must treat every element of the crime - including the people - as puzzle pieces.”

I love that, and believe that to be true, and, do not think our justice system looks hard enough at solving the entire puzzle, but rather only enough to falsely convince themselves they have solved the puzzle with far too little truth.

Please keep writing, and let no one tell you that you are not good enough. It’s hard to become noticed, but… it will happen.

Great work!
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