Thursday, December 16, 2004

Dark Eyes

"Dark Eyes" by R.T. Lawton, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Jan/Feb 2005

Full Disclosure: Not only is R.T. Lawton a friend of mine, he is my critique partner. In fact I critiqued this story before he submitted it to Linda Landrigan's tender mercies. So you probably already know that I like the story, but I'm going to tell you a little more about it anyway.

The main character is an Armenian trader plying his trade along the Terek River in the Caucasus during the Nineteenth Century. On one side of the river are the Cossacks and their Russian allies, on the other side are the Chechens. The Armenian trades with both sides and tries to maintain good relations with everyone.

Besides being a trader, the Armenian has the reputation of being a sharp amateur detective. On this occasion a Russian army officer, who with his men is being quartered in a Cossack village, hires the Armenian to find the officer's stolen horse. Although they are allies the Cossacks do not like the Russians much.

The Armenian has a problem. Either a Cossack or a Chechen undoubtedly stole the horse. To turn one of either tribe over to the Russian would not help his trading opportunities, and if he doesn't find the horse, the Russian will be very unhappy with him. So what can a poor trader do to protect his business?

R.T. has done his research on the historical background of this story and draws a vivid portrait of the time and the political tensions in the region without being heavy handed.

This is a pure detection type of story. The Armenian notices things others don't and uses those observations to solve the crimes people burden him with. I like this kind of story and wish I could write them, but my mind just doesn't seem to work that way.

In short, this is a story well worth your time to read.


At 1:37 PM, Blogger Steve Hockensmith said...

Couldn't agree more: This is a darned good story. The setting is brought to life with just the right amount of historical detail -- enough to convince you, not so much you feel overwhelmed (or feel like the writer's just showing off). This story really demonstrates R.T.'s range, as it's totally different from his humorous Twin Brothers Bail Bond series in AHMM.


At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob -

R.T. introduced me to your blog and I've been reading through it this morning. Lots of interesting stuff here.

R.T. has written a lot of great stories over the years, some well-known, some published in small press magazines. I've been reading them for 15 years now, and there's hardly a bad one in the bunch.

I'm glad that he is finally getting noticed - and that he has you as a critique partner now that he has moved down there to the southlands.

I'll be checking in on your blog on a regular basis.

Thanks for the work you are putting in on it!

- A.B.L.

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