Sunday, December 19, 2004

Seductive Barry

"Seductive Barry" by Ray Banks, Shred of Evidence, November 2004

This is a nasty little tale of revenge - even nastier than I first thought.

I read the story. The woman scorned. The hired muscle. The bait in the trap. It read easily. Like all of Mr. Banks’ stories the atmosphere and setting felt completely authentic. I got to the end. The victim died a horrible death. OK. I liked it.

Then my wife called me to dinner. Right in the middle of cutting a piece of pork chop - BAM! Right between the eyes with a 2x4. I was wrong. That one didn't do it, the other one did! Then, eeew. Then wow, how acrobatic! How did I miss that?

It was subtle. It was. Really.

OK, OK. The only excuse I have is the weather. It's cold today. I must have had my head up my ass for the warmth. But I wouldn't have changed a thing. In spite of feeling like a doofus, the ending, the real ending, was a real rush.

Thanks again, Mr. Banks. A lovely little story.

[I apologize for not having the direct link to the story, but for some reason I can't get to Shred this morning. I'll correct that as soon as I can.]


At 9:09 AM, Blogger Aldo said...

Gotta agree here, Ray can put together a well written story and then pow.... I tend to print out these shorts and leave them around hotel pools, convention coffee shops, etc,. If you think the man can write a short, wait to you read his first novel, THE BIG BLIND, which I believe is now out. Ho, Ho, Ho for Ray!

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