Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Dear Penthouse Forum (A First Draft) by Laura Lippman

"Dear Penthouse Forum (A First Draft)" by Laura Lippman, Dangerous Women Edited by Otto Penzler, Mysterious Press, Trade Paperback, $13.95

This is an amusing story, though I suspect that women will find it more amusing than men for a reason that becomes all too apparent in the last paragraphs.

This story details the adventures of a young man stranded overnight in an airport after missing his flight. As the title suggests, he meets a beautiful and willing woman who takes him home for the night. He's never the same again.

There's not a lot of plot here. It's more of a "trick" story, depending for most of its impact on the final twist. Not that there's anything wrong with that. (Thank you, Mr. Seinfeld.) I enjoy a good trick story, and this one's pretty good.

It's a little longer than necessary, a fact that the character writing the story freely acknowledges, spending too much time on build-up. But it's not a fatal flaw. It's just that ending. (Shudder)

In short, (flinch) read it.