"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.
This is the US edition of the book, which was first published in England as The Mammoth Book of Best International Crime.
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