George Partridge is a semi-recluse eking out an existence in small-town Osoyoos, BC, Canada. By day he can be found grappling with a myriad of trivialities. By night his dreams consist of endless journeys through old abandoned mines in search of the truth.
Perhap before we discuss your short story, "A Secret Place", we could learn a little about you. I'm sure your readers would appreciate that.
Yes, well I made my debut in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where I had a Huck Finn type of childhood in Coots Paradise. Then I boldly went forth into the halls of academe clutching my two indispensable texts: "Everything You Wanted to Know About Rocks but Were Afraid to Ask" and "The Maltese Falcon".
Funny you should mention "The Maltese Falcon". "A Secret Place" also features a fateful statuette. Do you think that was a mere coincidence?
On the contrary. The Falcon, in my view, is an archetypal symbol, something akin to the Holy Grail. Such a search can be ennobling as the Arthurian Cycle will attest. Or it can turn into its demonic parody as with The Falcon or my statuette.