When plotting goes wrong

Crime Writer Arrested in Botched Murder for Hire Plot.

Police in Texas have arrested a published crime writer who allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill her husband.

Nancy Mancuso Gelber, 53, has been charged with solicitation to commit capital murder. Gelber is being held at the Brazos County Jail on $75,000 bond.

“It’s crazy. It’s crazy to hear. I’m kind of speechless,” Gelber’s close friend, Brandi Pointer-Castillo, told The Huffington Post.

I think she speaks for all of us.

Prior to her split with her husband, Gelber had her sights set on becoming a career writer. Her first novel, Temporary Amnesia, was published in August 2010. The 362-page book –- dubbed a “crime thriller” — is a fictional story about a man who breaks out of prison and uses a team of prostitutes to pull off several brazen bank robberies.

“Along with suspense and terror, this crime-thriller has a touch of levity and romance,” reads the book description on Amazon.com. “Temporary Amnesia will blow your mind! At times, you may even find yourself siding with the bad guys!”

I usually don’t celebrate a writer losing the plot, but in this case: Thank goodness.

(Via Janet Rudolph.)

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