"The Sword of God"
I originally wrote this 12th and final — so far! — Mahboob Chaudri story back in the 1980s, but EQMM and AHMM both turned it down, explaining that it was too true-to-life for their readerships.
Almost a quarter of a century later, British editor Maxim Jakubowski contacted me and asked me to translate several Dutch crime stories into English for this collection he was editing. I agreed, and asked him if he'd be willing to consider one of my own stories for inclusion in the anthology. He agreed, I sent him "The Sword of God," and he bought it.
Although I was delighted to see "The Sword of God" in print all these years after I originally wrote it, it was odd that Jakubowksi listed my nationality as Dutch.
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