This is where it all began . . . 

In the summer of 2003, Bret was still writing science and speculative fiction.  His wife told him he'd probably be good at writing detective fiction.  He set out to prove his wife incorrect in her assumptions. It was a moment that would define the next decade of his writing career. This story is the result of that first effort.  

It appeared in the fall 2003 issue of Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine (FMAM).