Saturday, April 6, 2013

April 7, 2013 - Conspiracy Defined


The Set Up:
          John Hixon, a character common to my first two novels, The Tourist Killer, and The Presidents Club is a former FBI agent.
          He is also a devil's advocate -- at least when it comes to conspiracy theories.
          In this week's snippet, the gang of retirees at The Louisville Tavern are discussing that very topic. Let's join them.

The Snippet:

“What’s the difference in a ‘plot’ and a ‘conspiracy’?” asked Woody Risk after a long sip of draft beer.
“They’re the same thing,” York replied, always so sure of himself.

Ron Gold began his reply with a deep, hearty belly laugh, then commented, “A conspiracy is when you get caught!”
The others laughed with him, then York countered with, “Was Bill Clinton’s fling with Monica a conspiracy? He got caught.”
Risk looked at Ulysses Fishinghawk, “You’re our resident linguist, Dr. Fishinghawk. What’s the answer?”
“One person can have a plot. A conspiracy needs more than one person involved.”
York burst out, “See! I was right! The ‘Monica Lewinsky Affair’ was a right-wing conspiracy to impeach the President.”
Risk said, “I thought a conspiracy by definition involved doing something bad.”

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25 comments:

  1. Oh, this is great! Intriguing and makes me want to read more. Nicely done.

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  2. I like the way these men think!

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    1. Thanks, Ryan.

      These guys are amalgams based on people I've known in real life. You'd love'em!

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  3. Love the way you defined conspiracy. Great snippet!

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  4. There's bad and then there's bad! Your characters never disappoint. :)

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  5. Lol. This was a funny one! Well done :)

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  6. I love the banter between these guys. Love their definition of a conspiracy...and not one. lol

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  7. Interesting take on things. Good set up.

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  8. I always enjoy "listening in on" your characters. Excellent excerpt here!

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    1. Thanks, Veronica!
      Me, too. Once those guys get started, you never know where they're going.

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  9. I just love the dialogue in this. Fresh and sparkling!

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  10. I love these guys, and I agreed with the definition they decided on. Lovely banter between them.

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  11. Oh, Frank, I so love a good political thriller. Now I have to find you books and stalk...er...follow you. Great snippet!

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    1. Thanks for the interest, Sharon.
      New followers are always welcomed!
      Both my books should be easy to find, just click the links in the opening sentence above of "The Set Up" section.

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  12. These guys are such fun! You've got the dialogue down. Great job!

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  13. I thought it took three for a conspiracy? ;) Great snippet, Frank. :)

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  14. Thanks again to everyone who commented, and also to those who read but didn't comment.
    Your interest is appreciated and feedback considered.

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  15. HA! Great scene Frank. Nothing like a political thriller with some humor to it. Well done as always.

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    1. Thanks, Cindy.
      I try to find humor in every situation, hopefully readers will appreciate that.

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  16. Love the snarkiness of your characters! Enjoying these snippets every week.

    ~Joyce Scarbrough

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    1. Thanks, Joyce.
      The plot thickens next week!

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