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“The Timing of Unfelt Smiles” by John Dufresne

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The serial killer and lying expert, Jordan Delreese, has carried his dark past around for years waiting for the day he could enact his revenge. Wylie Melville, on the other hand, is an honest man who prides himself on his ability to read the inner thoughts of those around him. The day Jordan murders his own family in cold blood is also the day Wylie is forced to truly face the realities of life. Both men have demons they are trying to eradicate, but only one man can come out on top in a final showdown between the two tormented souls.

The Timing of Unfelt Smiles

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About the Author
John Dufresne has won the Yankee Magazine award for fiction, the Transatlantic Review/Henfield Foundation Award, a PEN Syndicated Fiction award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His novel Louisiana Power & Light was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, 1994. He is the author of two short story collections, The Way That Water Enters Stone and Johnny Too Bad, and the novels, Love Warps the Mind a Little, also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, 1997, Deep in the Shade of Paradise, Requiem, Mass., No Regrets, Coyote and I Don’t Like Where This Is Going. He is one of the thirteen authors of the mystery novel, Naked Came the Manatee. He wrote the screenplay for the short film, “The Freezer Jesus” and, with Donald Papy, the feature film To Live and Die in Dixie, and the web series, Lucky Jay, with Anthony Eidse and Harper Philbin, all directed by Harper Philbin. His story “Johnny Too Bad,” which originally appeared in Triquarterly, was included in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2003.His story “The Timing of Unfelt Smiles” which originally appeared in Miami Noir, was included in Best American Mystery Stories of 2007. His story “The Cross-Eyed Bear, which originally appeared in Boston Noir,” was selected to appear in as a Best American Mystery Stories of 2010. His play Traillerville was produced by the Blue Heron Theater in New York City, by the WCLO in Massachusetts, and was published by Cervena Barva Press.He edited the short story anthologies Blue Christmas and Everything Is Broken. His books on writing, The Lie That Tells a Truth and Is Life Like This? are used in many university writing programs.
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