Detective M. Raines investigates the wanton murder of a child, precipitating a re-evaluation of her own life and a small crisis of the soul. WARNING: This book contains descriptions of an unsettling nature, and might not be suitable for all readers. More
She would have experienced the same intense, awful pleasure of feeling her insides falling away, and felt as well the desire to scream—a reaction she may either have repressed or indulged; but whether she leapt a little that day or simply held tight to her place and quietly resisted, no-one would ever know.
I live on a small and mostly defunct farm in western New York, where the events of a typical day include writing and walking my dogs--items not necessarily listed in order of priority. (At least not from the dogs' point of view.)
As noted by one of the previous reviewers, this is not a conventional “who dunnit” - the focus is more on the emotions of the detective who dealt with the case. The facts of the murder and the subsequent investigation are conveyed briefly, leaving most of the detail to your imagination – but the emotional impact is clear from the effect it has on the central character. The result (for this reader at least) is that you end up reconstructing aspects of the more conventional “who dunnit?” narrative in your head - so that by the time you’ve finished, the overall impact is closer to what you’d get from reading a much longer piece. Good work!
Reading this story was enjoyable. It seemed somehow there was a sense of philosophy and psychology behind it. I liked the starting and the way you developed the story by describing the detective's deep thoughts. And the ending was wonderful, you said a lot in that last paragraph. Nice job...
A poetic, thoughtful short story which focuses less on the details of the murder depicted, and more on the inner life of the detective in charge of the case. Beautifully rendered, with a sympathetic, humane portrayal of the detective, and a quiet, slightly eerie atmosphere which suits the material.