A Handsome Man

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers, when writers from around the world post 100-word stories based on a photo prompt provided on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog.  This week’s photo is by Claire Fuller.

You can read other Friday Fictioneers’ work by clicking the link that appears below my story.


A Handsome Man

by Jan Brown

Reminiscent of an old movie, the clandestine meeting took place in a used book shop. The gruff owner reminded her of Rod Steiger in The Pawnbroker.  She suddenly felt sorry for Peter, who worked there as his cover.

Peter emerged from the back room and said, “I set aside this book as requested, Miss.”

“Yes, I received your email.”

She flipped through the pages with interest, noting various markups. His email contained the cypher. The decoded message would reveal the names/aliases and addresses of the target.

Peter handed her a receipt along with a photo.

A handsome man. Too bad.



42 thoughts on “A Handsome Man

  1. So, a secret agent woman -from a library/book store (and with romantic inclinations).
    Does she kill publishers gone awry? Critics that are too critical? Hired to knock off bad bookbinders? And most importantly: Does she sip dry martinis and use a double oh number?

  2. I liked it – agree with YerPirate on the brackets. My kids are convinced I’m an international hit man (woman?) because I travel a lot for work and they don’t seem to understand my job. Makes me laugh. Or does it?

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