“Bad Hand Acting” by David James Keaton

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The officers are sure they’ve nabbed the serial rapist of Fort Knox, Kentucky who, after a brutal beating, lies mostly paralyzed in the hospital bed which they surround. All they need is a confession, but when the patient reaches his hand towards a pen, they must decide if his gesture is sincere or if this is just another case of bad hand acting.

Bad Hand Acting

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About the Author
David James Keaton's work has appeared in over 50 publications, including Grift, Thuglit, PANK, and Noir at the Bar II. His contribution to Plots With Guns #10 was named a Notable Story of 2010 by storySouth's Million Writers Award, and he won a 2012 Spinetingler Award for the Best Short Story on the Web. His first collection, FISH BITES COP! Stories to Bash Authorities, was named the 2013 Short Story Collection of the Year by This Is Horror and was a finalist for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award. His second collection of short fiction, Stealing Propeller Hats from the Dead, recently received a Starred Review by Publishers Weekly, who said, "Decay, both existential and physical, has never looked so good." He has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and was the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Flywheel Magazine. These days, he's tinkering with several screenplays, including a prison movie, a thriller, and a western, also adapting them into novels. He realizes this method is probably backwards.
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