Double Trouble is real life story about Mr. Fish, a New York art dealer and artist, who is receiving anonymous phone calls from a mysterious woman. He is also being mercilessly sued by a dubious corporation for reasons that defy understanding.   

Why is Fish being legally tortured and who is behind it?  Why is he being “stalked” by an alluring riddle of a woman?

Click here to read CHAPTER 1. THE PHONE CALL


Chapter 1. The Phone Call. Fish receives his first mysterious phone call from an alluring woman who will not reveal her true identity, or her purpose for calling.

Chapter 2. The Lawsuit. Fish meets with his lawyer to discuss his legal dilemma, a lawsuit that seems to have no purpose other than torture him. The perplexed lawyer warns Fish not to become infatuated with the good looking attorney that is prosecuting him.

Chapter 3. The Pool Game.  Fish plays pool with a friend who advises him to forget about the mysterious phone caller who haunts his thoughts. He tries to get Fish interested in meeting  a couple of girls at the pool hall who seem eager to get met.

Chapter 4. Eye of the Storm. A probably hung-over and distracted Mr. Fish  dodges the advances of a flirtatious waitress, only to bump into his hot new neighbor outside in a rain storm. She almost seems to have been waiting for him…Why?

Chapter5. The Movie.  A bored Mr. Fish goes to see a silent film at an indie theater (a renovated women’s prison). The strange film disturbs him. He returns home to find a mysterious package at his door. Then the phone rings, but no one is there. Is Fish losing it? What was in the package? Was he being followed?

Chapter6. The Second Phone Call. She’s back. Why? What is she after? Read and find out.

…More will follow soon!

See also  The Sketchbooks of Mr. Fish

David Hales, the author, is an artist living in New York City.

Double Trouble is Copyright 2012 by  David Hales. All Rights Reserved.




  1. timruane24 said,

    I got this Twitter-stuck brain, or somethin’. I haven’t read a book in,like, two years. I have written a lot, wrote the dialogue for a one-act play a couple days ago, but read? Not so much. You’re story idea is superb, though, like, you know, major-motion-picture adaptable and adaptable-to-the-theater great, besides no doubt being a great read. I don’t think I will be able to read it though, but I would like to. It’s the old Twitter-stuck cranium of mine.

  2. Tira Blake said,

    I’m thinking of a possible ending, but I won’t say anything, in case it could coincide with the original one! 😛

    • davidrhales said,

      An ending sounds exciting! I’m thinking of a series of “endings.” I’m planning multiple story lines to allow for multiple climaxes throughout the novel. I’m making chapter 7 right now, with #s 4-6 ready to publish. I’ve outlined about 30 chapters in part one. Thanks for reading!

  3. Tira Blake said,

    How do you decide which one you’ll choose? Do you do it on your own or ask someone else for their opinion? If I may ask.

    • davidrhales said,

      I do it on my own, I don’t have anybody to ask. Usually I let things sit and then do over if I feel it could be stronger, or go back to an earlier version, sometimes. Thanks for asking!

  4. tevanbuskirk said,

    Wow, I’m glad I came across this today, great work, I love the mood!

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