Now We Know Why You Died, a play, is a dark psychological crime thriller in three acts set in New York City before the Twin Towers fell, when everybody seemed to be their own worst enemies. Allie Slayton, a disturbed and burnt-out private detective and veteran working by fax, phone and computer from an apartment he is afraid to death to leave, sets a trap for a young, psychotic criminal, Joey Narducci. When the police fail to nab Narducci, he turns the tables and shows up at the Slayton apartment to terrorize Slayton's dysfunctional family of idiots. Narducci is seemingly put under control, but with a foul mouth and an arrogant personal charm he victimizes and violates Slayton, his girlfriend, his girlfriend's beautiful teenage daughter and his best friend, who's a brutal flake himself. All the crazed personalities of the Slayton clan turn out to be nearly as much a danger to each other as the knife-wielding, gun-toting, foul-mouthed Narducci. They prove your lunatic friends and weirdo family can get you killed just about as easily as a violent criminal can.
About the Author
Carl Reader trained as a journalist at Temple University and has worked as a reporter, photographer and editor in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Montana. He's published short stories in literary magazines and on the Internet and has self-published a children's Christmas story called THE TWELFTH ELF OF KINDNESS.That book was partially published in Russia under the Sister Cities program. He's also self-published a novella called THE PERSECUTION OF WILLIAM PENN, which has been well-received in several college libraries. He works as a professional photographer and freelance writer.