BAD CREDIT

Someone’s paying attention

Today, between meetings with two construction unions, I surfed the web to clear my mind. I stumbled across a review of Teddy’s story. At last, someone is paying attention. Maybe someone can help.

What happened to Teddy West? Read BAD CREDIT, a literary thriller by A.S. Clarke. Available at Amazon.

What if I disappeared?

From the start, I’ve said that Teddy’s story is a nightmare. He loses everything. In trying to reclaim it, he disappears.

But sometimes I wonder, especially as I work through the pile of bills on my desk: Could Teddy’s bad break be the best thing that ever happened to him?

What happened to Teddy West? Read BAD CREDIT, a literary thriller by A.S. Clarke. Available at Amazon.

Thomas Paine Park

I had a meeting at City Hall. We need help with zoning and permits as we redevelop an abandoned Brooklyn abattoir into lofts. My partner knows a Mayoral factotum who can shuffle the right pieces of paper.

After the meeting, I sat in Thomas Paine Park. I bought an egg sandwich from a vendor, mentally prepped for the meeting with investors at two. Across the street, a man started up the steps to the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene. “Teddy,” I shouted. He didn’t respond.

What happened to Teddy West? Read BAD CREDIT, a literary thriller by A.S. Clarke. Available at Amazon.

You wonder how this happens

One day, you’re just another guy on the 6:49 out of Scarsdale, commuting to a Midtown office tower to make your monthly nut. The next, you’re officially “dead,” your job, your house, your family gone. How does this happen? If Teddy were still here, I’d ask him.

What happened to Teddy West? Read BAD CREDIT, a literary thriller by A.S. Clarke. Available at Amazon.

Teddy could help

It was almost time for bed. My head was bent low over the math textbook as I tried to help my children with material that I had never learned. So many strange symbols, improbable questions that took five or six readings to unpack. I wish Teddy hadn’t disappeared. Teddy knew the answers.

What happened to Teddy West? Read BAD CREDIT, a literary thriller by A.S. Clarke. Available at Amazon.

The Beamer

Teddy felt self-conscious about the Beamer. “Nice car,” I said when I saw it for the first time in Scarsdale train station parking lot. “Just a 3-series,” he mumbled into the collar of his overcoat. “The low-end model.”

I locked my S-Class Mercedes with the electronic key fob. “No, it’s sharp,” I said. “Sporty.” I guess Scarsdale can make you feel like a Beamer isn’t good enough. I wish I knew where Teddy was.

What happened to Teddy West? Read BAD CREDIT, a literary thriller by A.S. Clarke. Available at Amazon.

Teddy’s passion

Teddy loved algorithmic trading. It was a puzzle, a pursuit that fully engaged his quantitative genius. I can’t say I knew Teddy all that well, but it was clear that he was happiest when discussing the role of eigenvectors in arbitrage strategies. Everything went sideways when Teddy lost that job.

What happened to Teddy West? Read BAD CREDIT, a literary thriller by A.S. Clarke. Available at Amazon.

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