Henk-Jan van der Klis
on Sep. 3, 2012 :
It was funny to expect another novel or crime story and discover that Boris Guzo's Pit Stop was only a 3,700 words short story. A suspense story on a man on the run for the police, out of gas just beyond the state border. When he reaches a desolate gas station to get fuel and a drink, a young boy turns out to be a real gate-keeper. Unexpected twists which reminded me of Roald Dahl's short stories. Entertaining!
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)
on July 18, 2012 :
Running from the law, Glen’s car barely makes it across the state line before it runs out of gas. He walks to the nearest gas station – a remote one staffed by one young boy. Seeing no adults around, he assumes that Tim must be alone – and there’s a truck out back that would give Glen and Marla the ride they need.
Glen makes a couple of purchases and even tips the boy, hoping to get the keys from Tim. However, Tim may be young, but he’s not gullible, and Glen makes the mistake of underestimating this boy, whose job it is to run the store and make sure that his father isn’t woken…
Mr. Guzo has done a remarkable job telling this story in just 3,700 words. It’s well written and suspenseful with just the right amount of surreal. However, perhaps a few more words would have made the story a bit clearer. When I got to the end, I found myself scratching my head and asking myself “so who is Marla?”
I was given a free copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for writing a far and honest review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)