DWU’s Duffey to publish Midwestern detective story

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

In the same style that made works like “Gone Baby, Gone” and “L.A. Confidential” dark and twisty best-sellers, local professor and writer Barbara Duffey spins her own neo-noir who-done-it.

Duffey, assistant professor of English at Dakota Wesleyan University, submitted her short story ‘And All Night Long We Have Not Stirred’ to Dark House Press and was selected for its Exigencies Anthology, which will be released in hardcover at a date not yet released.

“My story is about a Midwestern small-town murder; while suspicion focuses on two teenagers caught in a love triangle with the victim, another suspect begins to emerge over the course of the investigation,” Duffey said. “The town’s one investigator has to solve the mystery while grappling with his own teenage daughter’s safety.”

She said that her story really falls more under the detective genre, but contains elements that Dark House Press categorizes as neo-noir, which covers a genre that spans from horror to fantasy with noir elements and a modern twist. Noir is defined by a “grim urban setting,” often a dark plot with a despairing protagonist who is generally tortured in some way, either by his or her environment, past or inner struggles.

Duffey joined the English department last fall and has had several poems published this past year. She received her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City; a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California. Duffey also served as a grant writer for the University of Houston’s College of Education; a writer in residence for the Writers in the Schools, Houston; and a reading instructor at the Institute of Reading Development. She has one chapbook, “The Circus of Forgetting,” in the process of publishing.

DWU is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  For more information about Dakota Wesleyan University, go to www.dwu.edu.

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