I know a woman who gives me a smile whenever we meet. She’s very pretty and her smiles are not always the same. They are like doors, with unexpected things behind them.
One door says, hey, how are you? It’s good to see you. I hope you’re doing well. Let’s have coffee sometime . . .
Behind the Doors of Her Smile is a short fiction piece by our crafty veteran, David Daniel, published over at Zombie Logic Review.
David Daniel was born in Boston and grew up in Weymouth, on the south shore. His novel The Heaven Stone (1994), winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America Best First Private Eye Novel contest and a Shamus Award nominee, introduced private investigator Alex Rasmussen, who has also appeared in The Skelly Man (1995) Goofy Foot (2004) and TheMarble Kite (2005), all published by St. Martin’s.
In addition to nine novels, including Ark (1985), Murder at the Baseball Hall of Fame (‘96), and The Tuesday Man (‘91), Daniel has published more than 80 short stories (some of which are collected in Six Off 66 and Coffin Dust ) and is co-author of a college English text, Take Charge of Your Writing (Houghton Mifflin 2001). He has written 300 articles, book and music reviews. He has worked as a janitor, a carpenter, a tennis instructor, truck driver, and a “brain slicer” at Harvard Medical School. He teaches at Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School and is an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where he has served as the Jack Kerouac Visiting Writer in Residence.
Daniel lives in Westford, MA with his family. He served as a consultant to Walter Salles’s forthcoming documentary on Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Dennis McNally, official historian of the Grateful Dead, declared Daniel’s suspense novel White Rabbit (2004) one of the best “Sixties’ trips” he’s taken. Reunion is his latest novel.