PW #124: Adult Commercial Fiction: DRAG NET
Manuscript Delivery: Finished
Mentor: Kelly Siskind
Mentee: Meghan Scott Molin
Title: DRAG NET
Genre: Commercial Fiction
Word Count: 91,000
MG’s world revolves around geek culture, designing for drag shows, and writing comic books. A rash of copy-cat crimes from her favorite series disturbs the peace, bringing with them handsome Matteo Kildaire, LAPD, who needs her expertise. When MG learns she’s being framed, sleuthing on her own will either exonerate her or land her in the clink.
Instead of finalizing his coffee order, the shmo ahead of me in line is reading on his iPad, the headline “Mystery Drug Bust at Docks” splashed across the screen. While I can’t fault him for being sucked in, if we don’t hurry we’ll all get stuck on the 110 in lunchtime traffic, having to contemplate peeing into the cup. As irked as I am, I can’t help but look over his shoulder. I’d read about the drug bust this morning in my twitter feed, but I hadn’t seen a picture of the crime scene. It’s a doozy. Who doesn’t love when three street dealers are trussed together back-to-back on the Long Beach docks, left with a note for the police? Actually trussed together. Like a comic book.
“All that’s missing is a golden arrow,” I mutter, giving the picture one last look as the line shuffles forward. I dutifully shuffle straight into iPad Guy’s heels.
“What did you say?” He snaps the iPad closed.
Oh crap. iPad Guy looks at me with the typical “I disapprove of your purple hair” frown and completely ignores the counter girl yelling, “Next!” There’s a lull in the shush and hiss of the coffee-making orchestra that suggests they’re ready to make the next order.
“Nothing. Just that news story reminds me of a graphic novel. Are you ready to order?” I paste a smile on my face. I know better than to upset the muggles.