“A Close Shave on Gorky Street”

Now Johnny lit another cigar and shoved the discussion away from profits and marketing and into his own favorite areas: bribery and breakage. Beneath his thicketlike single brow, feral eyes fixed on Sashenka, a gaze she refused to return.

A Russian gangster who's a Sam Spade fan meets his match at the fancy Restaurant Tashkent.

Fiction
Behind him, flashy in red Hong Kong sharkskin, loomed Staretz, Yacovlev, and Rodchenko. The custom suits couldn't contain the bulky bulges that made them all stand so awkwardly.
Chosen by The Iowa Review
Nat Tate was unreal. Hart Crane was real. The story is a fiction on a fiction, the brushy vital verge between fact and dream.
Chosen for this delicious anthology, "A Period of Silence" examines time’s meaning in a marriage.
Winner, STYLE Fiction Prize
The Georgia Review, fall 2009

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