JACQUELINE FREIMOR

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JACQUELINE FREIMOR

Award-Winning Short Story Writer

Jacqueline Freimor's first short story, written at age 11 and inspired by a family road trip, was about an evil fast-food franchise that had stolen the hearts and minds of Americans by addicting them to its products. Jacqueline has developed her storytelling and writing skills quite a bit since then, but the thrill of using language to create new worlds has never diminished.


As a voracious young reader of crime and detective stories, Jacqueline soon decided to try her hand at writing her favorite kind of fiction. All that practice paid off, as in 1995, she won first prize in the Unpublished Writers category of the Mystery Writers of America's 50th Anniversary Short Story Competition. Since then, her stories have appeared in both print and online magazines, and two won honorable mention in The Best American Mystery Stories series. Her Derringer Award-nominated story "That Which Is True" is available in The Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2021, and her story "Here's to New Friends" is forthcoming in November in The Best American Mystery & Suspense 2022.

 

"HERE'S TO NEW FRIENDS"

November 1, 2022

Jacqueline Freimor's "Here's to New Friends," first published in When a Stranger Comes to Town, will be appearing inThe Best American Mystery and Suspense 2022, available November 1! Order your copy today!

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WORK

 
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"A DEATH-DROP TO DIE FOR"

"Oh, honey," Michael said, peering at the brassy streaks in my hair, "what have you done to yourself?" "I know," I said, grateful he'd agreed to see me after hours, with no customers around...

"AFTER THE FUNERAL"

After the funeral, Mrs. Gutman is surprised by the generosity of her neighbors. She herself has not been a good neighbor. She hates Century Village, hates Florida, in fact, with its prehistoric reptiles, its violent sun...

"SWEET RELISH"

Magda is halfway through her shift when she realizes that the new counterman, Istvan, is watching her. He is standing by the cash register filling white paper condiment cups with cole slaw and sweet relish...

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"FOREWORD"

All too often in this hyperbolic and linguistically imprecise age, the adjective great is used to describe that which is merely adequate or good. When I say that Edbert Reid was a great writer...

"EASY MONEY"

Easy money, that's what it was. All Gus had to do, the fat cop said, was stand in a lineup with five other guys. Shouldn't take more than ten, fifteen minutes, the fat cop said. Ten, fifteen minutes, and Gus would...

"THAT WHICH IS TRUE"

At nine o'clock that morning a court officer ushered us twelve jurors and two alternates into a windowless jury room at 111 Centre Street... [first published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, July/August 2020]

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"THE LAST CAN ON EARTH"

Huddled against the last stone marker before New Dawn lay a bundle of rags. It was getting late, but I went over to take a look. Could be something in there worth salvaging, something I could trade...

"HERE'S TO NEW FRIENDS"

I've been watching him watch her for almost fifteen minutes, and I know he'll make his move as soon as the train pulls out of the station...

"THAT WHICH IS TRUE"

At nine o'clock that morning a court officer ushered us twelve jurors and two alternates into a windowless jury room at 111 Centre Street...

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"THE LIVES OF THE WORKERS IN THE CANCER FACTORY"

Iris Gunderson, 61, Receptor Assembler

It's a knack I have, really⏤no more than a flick of the wrist, but it's hard to teach and not everyone can do it...

"SOME COUNTRY"

Washington Heights, New York City, NY

In the open side door of the school, Koenig leaned on his broom and watched the junior high children stream from the building at the sound of the bell...

"NO PAIN, NO GAIN"

Susan waited until Dennis had changed out of his suit and entered the living room, where she was patiently sitting on the sofa...

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"DUTY CALLS"

When I first received the summons in the mail⏤should I go back that far, to the summons? Or should I start with the selection, or⏤?...

"NEW YORK MOVIE"

Not very glamorous, is it, working on your wedding night? Though I guess tomorrow night will be my real wedding night, because we'll be in Reno by then, but I can't help but think that tonight's the night...

"YOUR OWN PERSONAL PSYCHIC"

I know what you're thinking. Not because I'm psychic⏤God forbid!⏤I leave that to the wonderful, wonderful counselors at 1-900-PSYCHIC⏤but because I used to be just like you...

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"DEATH OF A FATEFUL HELLO"

"Mice to neat you, Leg Middle," said the tiny man, squinting at my press card in the dim light of the Hotel Warwick's Crystal Ballroom...

"THE B RULES"

It was while Dr. Royce was informing her that her secretarial services would no longer be required that Katherine Pickering had another of her visions...

"THE REFERRAL"

CASE FILE #00367

Session Transcript #1: Friday, July 29, 1994, 3:00 p.m.

Dr. A: Please have a seat.

Mr. S: Thank you.

Dr. A: Now, I understand that you have come to see me on the suggestion of Dr. Kaufman, is that correct?...

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"STRANGLE STRANGLE"

"Tiffany's beautiful naked body was shining in the firelight. No, change it to: Tiffany's beautiful naked body was shining in the tub..."

"THE ESSENCE OF ARTHUR POLKOWSKY"

If you want to know about Arthur, then ask him. It's no fair asking me⏤I'm his mother, whaddya expect me to tell you? They say there's a special bond between a mother and her son...

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