I think this query might be a little long but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to shorten it without leaving out any important info. I'm also not sure whether to label this as crime fiction or as a psychological thriller since it kind of has elements of both, so I'd love if anyone could help out! ------------------------------------------ Lawrence Noon was a hopelessly unfortunate man for all the right reasons. Sure, his mother was murdered when he was a kid, his best friend was dying of cancer, he worked as a crime scene cleaner, and he developed early-onset glaucoma. Yet, it was all this that led him to the most influential man in his life: Jan Sigma, his ophthalmologist and a renowned serial killer.
A killer named Average Joe had slithered into Denver’s radar, but he was indeed very average compared to the elusive Monster of Tears who had unceremoniously stopped his ornate murders 12 years ago only to abruptly resume. Lawrence was accustomed to gore, but the Monster’s aesthetic crime scenes still left him as uneasy as they did over a decade ago. What he didn’t know was that the Monster was his befriended eye doctor, Jan Sigma. Jan graciously took the place of Lawrence’s dying friend and gave him someone to talk to about a subject most people loathed to discuss: murder. Murder had always been part of Lawrence’s life despite all his attempts to escape it. It was what Jan found most interesting about him and decided to use Lawrence not only as a muse but as a plaything to see if Lawrence was clever enough to peer between the brush strokes of the Monster’s scenes and spot a signature.
Lawrence’s glaucoma left him with tunnel vision, an unexpected boon as his vision had become hyper-sensitive, allowing him to see more details within crime scenes than ever before. Discovering that Jan was the killer he most despised, Lawrence became so distraught that the only way he thought he could solve anything was to kill Jan, but he couldn’t because Jan knew who and where Average Joe was. Desiring to do something righteous, Lawrence formulated a plan to corner and kill Average Joe with Jan’s help, and then Jan himself. But even if it was for all the right reasons, would it really be so easy for Lawrence to kill the only man he had ever admired, and even loved?
TEAR DRINKERS is adult crime fiction complete at 86,000 words inspired by Silence of the Lambs and The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. I am a member of the Florida Writers Association and have been published in Elektraphrog Literary and Arts magazine, Scarlet Leaf Review, Quantum Muse, Uprising Review, and the public radio show and magazine of AntipodeanSF, among other venues. Thank you for your time and consideration.