Heartbeat by Katia Lief
A Short Story

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A dangerous secret, a broken heart.

Originally published in Ellery Queen Magazine.

Effie Miller has been a loyal assistant to Ted Stollit for many years. But when she receives a diagnosis of terminal cancer, she decides she will no longer keep the secret that has made her boss rich. Their confrontation on Christmas eve will prove deadly for one of them.


"Mesmerizing." -Lisa Gardner

"Suspense at a high level." (Midwest Book Review)

"Taut, clean storytelling." -Publishers Weekly

"Readers will want to read more of this talented writer's work." -New York Journal of Books

About Katia Lief

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Born in France to American parents, KATIA LIEF moved to the United States as a baby and was raised mainly in New York and Massachusetts. A college fiction writing instructor, Lief lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Published December 7, 2012 by Blue Table Books. 26 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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