Phil Slattery’s Novelette “Click” is Available on Amazon Kindle and in Print

“Tell me again why we have to kill this guy and take his island,” said T.J., looking across the saltwater to a flat island a little over a hundred yards long and less than a hundred wide. Bushes and a few palms sheltered a small cabin and pier from the wind in all directions, except on the north side, where the shore was barren sand.

T.J. licked his lips and tasted the salt from the spray the small powerboat had kicked up on its trip down the Laguna Madre.  He wanted to head back to Corpus Christi soon. He liked the taste of the salt, because it reminded him of the taste of a margarita, but that was all he liked about this day. He had no love for the Texas heat or for the oppressive humidity or for the roll of the boat in the slight chop or for the bright sunlight filtering through the haze. He hated these more than he hated killing, but he did what he had to to make a living.

So begins my novelette Click, the story of Frank Martinez and the two drugrunners that want the island where he is staying.

Frank Martinez, a policeman with the Corpus Christi Police Department, has unintentionally shot and killed an unarmed man when called to intercede in a domestic violence case. To recover from the guilt while the incident is under investigation by the CCPD, Frank’s fiancée arranges for him to stay on a secluded island owned by her father’s former law partner. While dozing one night on a lounge chair in the yard, he awakes to find two hitmen slipping onto the island and breaking into the cabin. Are they after him? Are they after the cabin’s owner? Most importantly, how is he going to reach his pistol in his luggage in the bedroom?

My action-adventure/crime novelette, Click, is available on Kindle and in paperback. For either version and to read a sample, go to my Amazon author’s page:

My concept of Frank Martinez as portrayed by a photo from the public domain.

Reader Charles Stacey gave “Click” five stars, calls it “A great suspenseful read and then a twist”, and comments: “Author has a wonderful ability to develop the characters using few words. Great foreshadowing to build suspense. And then a really outstanding twist at the end that left me smiling.”

An anonymous Amazon customer gave it five stars, called it “strong storytelling”, and commented, “This novelette is a quick and very entertaining read. It opened with a grabber (“Tell me again whey we have to kill this guy…”) and kept pulling me in from there. Frank Martinez is a cop trying to recover from a shooting incident in solitude on an island off the Texas gulf coast. T.J. and Benny are the bad guys. Their hunt and chase on the small island kept me in suspense. It ends with a surprise twist. Slattery proves here he is a good storyteller.”

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Cover of the original Kindle edition

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Update: September 4, 2019, GoFundMe account for Murray Arviso

Photo of Murray Arviso
Murray Arviso, 2019

Today, I received a link via email about a former (as of August) co-worker of mine named Murray Arviso. Murray is in the Maintenance Division at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, where he has worked for around twenty years. Murray is in a bad health situation and will not be able to walk for a while. His family needs financial help to build a ramp for his wheelchair. Ironically, under normal circumstances, Murray is quite capable of building a ramp. Now that he needs one himself, he is not physically capable of doing it. A ramp is inexpensive compared to a lot of medical needs, so anything you can give will go a long way.

If you would like to help out, follow this link to Murray Arviso’s GoFundMe page, which explains the situation. This condition started a few months ago and has been worsening. Donating even a little bit will help.  Here is the note that came with the link:


I thought you might be interested in supporting this GoFundMe,

Even a small donation could help Colleen Arviso reach their fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

If you can’t help out financially, at least spread this word to as many people as you can.
Murray with granddaughter?
Murray Arviso

Update: September 4, 2019, Snapshots from the Road and from Today

This is a big change from the high desert of New Mexico.

Confucius Mug

I picked up this souvenir at the Apache Nugget Casino and Filling Station near Cuba, New Mexico on my way out of the Four Corners. Probably August 10, 2019.

Lotus near the Moore Bayou, Arkansas Post, AR.
Scenery around Arkansas Post, AR. September 4, 2019
Scenery near Arkansas Post, September 4, 2019
Selfie with Lotus in background near Arkansas Post, September 4, 2019
Alligator Slough, Arkansas Post, AR.
I found this in a closet when I moved into my new house. Of course, the first thing I thought of was Lemarchand’s Box of the Lament Configuration. I think it’s some kind of mouse trap or insect pesticide or repellent. I’ll know if I see a mouse being ripped apart by chains with hooks (EEWWW! What an image!)
The Armadillo who apparently lives under my house. I refer to him/her as Armie. Late August, 2019
Armie out for a stroll. My dog, Sara, doesn’t know what to make of armadillos. She never saw one until she moved here.


Scenery near Arkansas Post. Probably August 12, 2019.
I found this in the market section of Little Rock.
This was probably taken on August 9, 2019, my last night in Farmington, NM. I miss it already.

Update: September 4, 2019, Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and other Matters

April 15, 2017

Even though I haven’t posted much lately, I have been planning the plot for Shadows and Stars. I am filling in gaps and looking for inconsistencies as well as seeking ways to make my major characters more complex. I haven’t actually added many words though.  The count is now at 77,000+. My goal is to have between 80,000-100,000. I hope to have it completed this year. I will probably end up with around 90,000.  The tough part is disciplining myself to sit down and write. Jotting down notes on the spur of the moment is easy.

Developing the characters is interesting. I need to find some bad in the good guy and some good in the bad guy and maybe have them share a few traits.

I hope the work isn’t too complex overall. Many of the great works I know don’t have a very complex plot: The Great Gatsby, A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea, etc.

I have been on the road a lot lately. I moved to Arkansas on August 10-11. Over Labor Day weekend I went to visit my wife in Dallas-Fort Worth. She lives in Midland (she has a teaching contract there) and DFW is about half-way. This is better than it was when she was in Midland and I was in Aztec, NM. There was no halfway point where we could meet. The two largest cities between Midland and Aztec were Roswell (yes, the Roswell of UFO fame-a really neat little town) and Albuquerque. Albuquerque was three hours from me and Roswell was three hours from her. The distance between us was ten hours. The halfway mark was out in the plains somewhere near Encino, NM, which is close to becoming a ghost town.

I have mentioned that on my way down from New Mexico, I listened to the audio versions of The Gunslinger (volume 1 of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series), some of the Just So Stories, and four of Edith Wharton’s stories. On my recent trip to DFW, I started listening to Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. I am only up to chapter 5 (maybe 6). It is slow going. However, Sinclair’s description of the operations of meat-packing plants would be great in any horror novel.  Note that Sinclair wrote this not so much as a novel as an expose of the meat industry in novel form. Therefore, there is not much in the way of interesting character interactions, at least in the first five chapters. Sinclair talks about a lot of characters, and they are interesting in their way, but because Sinclair was more interested in telling the story of the meat-packing industry, most of what comes to light about the characters is their background stories (primarily of the main character Jurgis). He describes in great detail how they came up with the idea of coming to America, how they traveled here, the conditions they found upon arrival, and how they were constantly swindled by everyone they met.

I will continue reading it, because it is interesting, but it won’t be among my favorites.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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(Teaser)¡Al fin! Netflix anunció fecha de estreno de la película de «Breaking Bad» — El Ciudadano

El Ciudadano Al parecer, el metraje se concentrará en Pinkman, quien tuvo un final muy abierto con posibilidades de un spin-off. La intriga y el misterio se acabó. La película de la célebre serie «Breaking Bad» será estrenada por Netflix el 11 de octubre próximo. El anuncio lo hizo el gigante del streaming con un…

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