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Harvey Stanbrough is an award-winning writer and poet. He’s fond of saying he was born in New Mexico, seasoned in Texas, and baked in Arizona. After 21 years in the US Marine Corps, he managed to sneak up on a BA degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales in 1996. Because he is unable to do otherwise, he splits his writing personality among four personas: Gervasio Arrancado writes magic realism; Nicolas Z “Nick” Porter writes spare, descriptive, Hemingway-style fiction; and Eric Stringer writes the fiction of an unapologetic neurotic. Harvey writes whatever they leave to him. You can see their full bios at HEStanbrough.com.
on June 15, 2018 :
Why are we attracted to violence--real-world or fictional?
Are we cathartically venting frustrations?
Does our crocodile brain need disinhibited expression?
Or is it simply perverse fun?
Probably nobody knows for sure, but I think this particular crime-story collection offers a somehow refreshingly entertaining alternative to our often you'd-better-behave-or-else world.
Here are ten stories featuring climactic surprise endings where tension finally erupts with a satisfying release.
As with most good storytelling, characters with good reasons for doing the wrong things remind us of ourselves.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)