In this one, Constance has had a rocky six-year marriage. It seems like her husband has finally kicked drinking and has a steady, if low paying, job. And then his old drinking buddy, Monty turns up and their immediate camaraderie is worrisome. Monty seems different and has some ideas about how the three of them can make a better living. But Constance doesn't trust him. Or her husband. But can she quit him anymore than he can quit drink. A well-written story with good details.
We're leaving for home this morning. Read the John Dickson Carr collection, which was a lot of fun. Now back to Fredric Brown's MOSTLY MURDER.
Have a safe and easy trip, Jeff. I do want to read the Carr collection.
Glad you enjoyed LIES OF THE SAINTS. Very thought-provoking stories!
This sounds like an interesting set of stories. And your description of the story is very good. Sometimes I struggle to describe a story with just enough useful information (as in my post today).
I always struggle , especially with a short story. Often its theme or point is less obvious to me. They fall somewhere between poetry and a novel.
My belated entry for today:
McGraw is another that I think I'll need to get to.
And not giving away everything about a story is sometimes a challenge in reviewing short fiction.
That's really interesting Patti - to think of relationships as addicting in the way that alcohol and other drugs can be. That offers several possibilities, and it sounds as though that's explored well here.
Thanks, Margot. Hope your weather has improved.
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