Mark Van Aken Williams

Mark Van Aken Williams
Tip of the Mitt, USA
May 01
Williams is the author of "The Burlesque of Graceless Acting," as well as "The Prophet of Sorrow," a finalist (historical fiction category) in the following awards: 2010 Book of the Year Awards (Foreword); 2010 International Book Awards; and National Best Books 2010 Awards. "Circus by Moonlight: Poems 1997-2007" was published in 2009. Author of the comedy novel, "The Hillbilly Vampire Chronicles," written under the pen name, Tonto Fielding.


MARCH 7, 2012 3:13PM

Amateur Sleuth

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Once again Tonto Fielding found himself in the service of billionaire, Ewbank Manchip. Tonto had earned a reputation as an amateur sleuth, ever since he famously solved the “who stole the kishke,” case. Manchip was certain that his business and tennis doubles partner, Eduardo Boner, was out to exploit, harm, and deceive him, even though no evidence existed to support this expectation. After an initial inquiry, I assured Manchip that he was being hyper-vigilant for potential threats, and had to explain to him that his suspicious nature would elicit a hostile response from others at the club. People were starting to perceive him as hostile, stubborn, and sarcastic. That was why no one else would partner with him on the courts. He responded by indicating that this only served to confirm his original theory. I had to explain that another billionaire would have no need for stealing one of his slippers. “That ball at the net was Boner’s to take. Yet he let it drop only to spite me,” he said. 


Tonto then believed that a rational discussion about paranoia was hopeless. He had to solve the crime. It wasn’t really that hard for a master sleuth. He only had to follow the trail, which led to a fiendishly adept thief named Spot. 


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