Murder By Suicide

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
A rare visitor to a hospice near Rome draws out macabre reminiscences from inmate Franco Tira, whose life changed when the day-to-day business of disposing of dissidents got personal. A gripping, illusion-free look at people we license to kill. More
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About Bryan Murphy

Bryan Murphy is a writer from Kent, England. He has lived and worked in Africa, Asia and Europe. Bryan recently retired from a job as a translator and editor within the United Nations system, and now concentrates on his own words. He divides his time among England, Portugal, the wider world and cyberspace.

About the Series: Franco Tira
In the future Rome, retired spy Franco Tira is forced to come to terms with the ghosts from his nasty past.

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Review by: Candida Martinelli on Sep. 24, 2014 :
I immediately thought of the Russian writer Chekov's one-act plays when I read this short story. The rich understanding of human psychology, the deft, economical strokes that create a back-story, the verbal dexterity, the ear for dialog: all very Chekovian! The monologue by the character shows the man clearly to the reader, and makes it clear that the man lacks much self-awareness. You are not meant to sympathize with him. Actually, you are probably going to feel like I did at the end, hoping that the title was a prediction of what was going to happen soon after the man's listener leaves! A collection of these short character studies would make a very entertaining book.
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Review by: uaem on July 17, 2013 :
The author gives us an insight into what can happen when states assume they have the power of life or death over their citizens - and other people's. We know that hit squads can act with impunity in places like Iran, Italy and Greece, but something so awful couldn't really happen in England. Could it? The anti-hero, Franco Tira, is a laconic, sardonic old bastard. I hope he will survive long enough in that hospice to tell us more of his nasty but fascinating misadventures.
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Review by: Brian Blose on Feb. 7, 2013 :
Murder By Suicide is a first person narrative told as if you are hearing only one side of a conversation with an elderly man. The style is a bit unusual, but it works well enough.

The author does a good job setting the tone and making the narrator seem real, but I feel it could have used a bit more excitement. It definitely came across as more literary and less genre (assuming literary = heavy on psychology and genre = heavy on plot).

It was a nice quick read and the author knows how to write.
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