Friday, March 18, 2005

Her Lord and Master by Andrew Klavan

“Her Lord and Master” by Andrew Klavan, Dangerous Women Edited by Otto Penzler, Mysterious Press, Trade Paperback, $13.95

The friend of a man who gets involved with a dangerous woman tells this story. Jim starts seeing Susan, a little inter-office romance. Susan likes it rough and that disturbs Jim a little. He talks to his friend who tells him to relax and enjoy. He’s getting a rare treat.

As Jim and Susan become more intimate, more comfortable with each other, Susan asks him to get rougher, spanking her with a wooden spoon, and worse. Susan always scripts their encounters. Jim keeps his friend up to date on their love life.

Then one day Susan kills Jim with a kitchen knife. Since Susan’s body is pretty well covered in bruises of various types and ages, the police and the public begin to make Jim out as the bad guy. Jim’s friend doesn’t like that and makes an appointment to talk to the police about what Jim told him. But before he can do that, he gets a visit from Susan. She’s smart; she’s seductive; she’s manipulative. Will he actually go to the police?

That’s pretty much the plot. Not much there, but the attraction of this story lies more in the telling than in what is told. This is the first time I’ve read anything by Klavan. I really like the conversational tone he used and the way he toys with the language.

In short, this won’t be the last thing by Andrew Klavan I read.


At 7:26 PM, Blogger Bill said...

Klavan's a heck of a writer. If you read novels, try any of his. If you prefer hardboiled, maybe the two most recent, Dynamite Road and Shotgun Alley. His early books as "Keith Peterson" are also good.

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