But not if there's a terrorist there.
That's what I was thinking when I wrote my short story (it's about 4300 words), "The Times Square Terrorist," published today online (read for free) at Kings River Life Magazine. The contrast between joy and possible destruction intrigued and scared me.
It's a New York City story, but there's a Westchester connection.
In my story, the terrorist clearly wants attention and sends a number of clue-filled letters (they are made public) to the NYC Police Commissioner ordering the cancellation of New Year's Eve festivities in Times Square.
The planned "weapon" in my story turns out to be a most unusual one. I'm not telling. You'll have to read the story to find out.
Who helps the NYC police to crack the case? I'll reveal this much. My "savior" character is a female wordsmith. And she works in Westchester.
If you read my story (here's the link: http://is.gd/CfgPXp), hope you find it a good way to usher in the new year.
And if you don't read my story, well, Happy New Year anyway!
Gail's written other mystery stories at Kings River Life Magazine. Among them is "No Parking: A New Year's Murder" http://is.gd/Scz6Wx. In 350 words, it tells about the murder of a literary critic in NYC. Gail's short story, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," is in the digital collection of the Westchester Library System. Published by Untreed Reads, it's sold at the book store there http://is.gd/ppopcS and it's also sold worldwide, wherever ebooks are sold -- Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Sony Reader Store, etc.