The Holdout

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Two jurors, Ralph and Stan, have a drink in a bar, discussing the rape and murder of a beautiful young woman. A jury stonewalled by a lone holdout means that the accused still walks free—even if he's not the man who killed her.
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About Bobby Mathews

Bobby Mathews attended Troy University, where he majored in journalism and minored in theater and English. His checkered past includes stints as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, where he won awards for his writing, editing and leadership. No, he has no idea what the contest judges were smoking, either.

He's also been a bartender, paralegal, and bum, occupations—or sidelines—that creep into his stories and novels.

"I write weird stories about monumentally fucked-up people," he says. "That's what interests me. I hope it interests other readers, too."

Mathews lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Review by: Steve Snyder on June 12, 2018 :
I grabbed this one several phones ago and I read it way back when. I like all this writer's stories because he writes right down the bones. It's hard to describe other than to say there is no fluff, now flowery descriptions, but that is not to say there is no art, just no artifice. I'm going to look around and see if this writer has a full on crime novel, because if he does I'm thinking it's going to be a good read.
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Review by: WindPwrGuy on Dec. 21, 2015 :
This is one of those hard boiled stories about two tough working stiffs drinking in a bar. The topic of conversation is a murder trial they just decided as jury members. No spoilers here . . . just read it.
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Review by: Larry_T on June 4, 2015 :
This short story is set up like a joke . . . "Two jurors walk into a bar--" but it's not a joke at all. The crime was gruesome and not so clean cut. There were several big twists that I didn't see coming.
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Review by: ella3 on March 31, 2015 :
Well worth the read. Surprise ending I didn't see coming. Solid plot.
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Review by: Lorraine Allison on Feb. 26, 2015 :
An interesting twist.
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