"East Village Noir"

a Payton Sherwood mystery

by Russell Atwood

a short story introducing the private eye hero of EAST OF A and LOSERS LIVE LONGER.

Copyright (c) 1997 by Russell Atwood.

Published at Smashwords, 2010.



(originally appeared as “East of A” in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July 1997)


New York City, 1997

Finding a teenage runaway in New York City is easy. The hard part is finding the one you're looking for.

I was in my office/apartment at the computer, hooked up to the Department of Justice's database, downloading a file on evidence seizure for a lawyer friend, when call-waiting interrupted the transfer. My modem crackling, I switched the phone cord and picked up the receiver.

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