Author: Jeffrey Cohen
Genre: Cozy, Amateur Sleuth, Short Story, Humorous Mystery, Prequel to the Aaron Tucker mystery series
Source: Purchased from Barnes and Noble.
First Line: "So he pulled a gun out of his pocket."
It's not easy being a freelance reporter and work-at-home dad. Aaron Tucker is hired to write a piece on a local minor league baseball player and discovers that the young man died under mysterious circumstances. He's having a difficult time focusing on the assignment because his six-year-old son, Ethan (not yet diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome), has been framed with a dastardly crime: bringing a water pistol to his first-grade class.
There's not much to say about this short story without giving a whole lot of good stuff away. What I will say is that it's short, breezy, and fun-- a perfect introduction to the Aaron Tucker mystery series (and I happen to have the first book waiting for me on my well-stocked to-be-read shelves). I have yet to read anything by Jeffrey Cohen/E.J. Copperman that I haven't liked, and I think it's safe to say that this trend will continue well into the foreseeable future.
The only other thing that I'm willing to divulge is this: "The Gun Also Rises" is hilarious and not suitable for reading in bed while your partner is asleep. Trust me.