The bagman was on the back seat, bound with duct tape, unconscious from a close encounter with a leather jacketed, lead-weighted blackjack. The money was in a heavy duty, plain brown paper shopping bag with twisted loop handles sitting on the front passenger seat. The bag smelled like Egg Fu Yung – recycled from Chinese take-out. Good choice, Chinese food is heavy; so is a bag filled with mustard-banded bundles of hundreds, a hundred bills in each ten thousand dollar bundle.

Revenge is cunning. A lifetime could pass and then you’d find it lying in wait. Chance Wilder was wondering if the two men sitting at the bar were lying in wait for him.

My name is Eric Poor and I’m a writer. I spent 17 years working as a reporter for the award-winning weekly newspaper The Monadnock Ledger, now known as the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, a twice weekly community newspaper. During my newspaper career I won numerous writing awards from the New Hampshire Press Association (NHPA).

Those eighteen awards include recognition for investigative reporting, education reporting, editorial writing, sports columns, serious columns, humor columns, spot news reporting, spot news photography, business reporting, and feature writing. I was twice named Columnist of the Year by the NHPA.

I am an avid outdoor sportsman and I have been an outdoor columnist for 20 years for Hawkeye, New Hampshire’s outdoor sports newspaper. I have also free-lanced stories to publications like the New Hampshire Wildlife Journal and the Keene Sentinel Newspaper. 

Now retired from the grind and deadlines of newspaper reporting I am working at becoming a novelist.  I have written a 95,000 word novel of suspense titled “Hammerhead,” and I’m done with the first drafts of sequels named “The Road Through Success” and “Stark Reality.” I’m also an occasional poet who is getting used to the concept of reading aloud before a crowd – pretty scary thing.

In past lives I have been a commercial fisherman, construction worker, fork lift operator, tank commander, junior executive, bartender/bar manager, land manager, board member on behalf of  the Moadnock Writer’s Group, emergency services photographer, EMT, and public information officer for the Rindge Fire Department.

His book Working at the Word Factory is now available at  Hobblebush Books.

Revenge is a viper, a cold-blooded, remorseless serpent that carries its own particular poison. Jose Rodriguez thought he understood revenge. What he didn’t completely comprehend is that vipers sometimes have a mind of their own.

Eric Poor in Bangor, Maine, August 25, 2011

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Ever wonder what it's like being a weekly newspaper reporter? Eric Poor has provided the answer, based on his 17 years of reporting local news for the award winning Monadnock Ledger Newspaper and the twice-weekly Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.