His Head Count has multiple body droppings scattered from the Alps ski outing to the very school the teacher in charge works. The teacher is suspected of being at the least a paedophile on up to a murderer.
His actions leave you wondering if he is just a stressed out ex-husband/father taking his frustrations out on his students or someone set up for a fall.
This left me laughing in many spots and rooting for his vindication, never seeing the curveball that would neatly bring the conclusion to a home run. Cruse’s love of puzzles and his deep research give a full bodied feel to his stories.
Russell Cruse is also a member of the Cake & Quill group. Their first release proceeds go to a charity in the LA area which provides clinical support, advocacy, and other services to mentally ill homeless.
Their first collection, Gifts From The Dark: A Miscellany of Dread, features his short story NIGHT BUS, a shivery hot ride after the swing shift at a call center.
Follow the above-highlighted links to the books and the Cake & Quill site
Paul and Paula’s Place to read Russell Cruse’s interview