No Twist Required
This is the best short piece of fiction I've seen so far from this writer. Everything is in place: voice, character, setting. The writing is crisp, yet atmospheric. The choice of a first-person dramatized narrator gives the reader the plot and the essentials of the central character with the utmost economy. There are clues sprinkled through the text - the shit-kicker boots, the narrator's occupation, the throwaway sexual liaison and the way the narrator describes it. Then there are the 'voices'. In a sense, the twist at the end of this particular tale has an inevitability about it that makes it a muted surprise, if it is a surprise at all. That's where the quality of the writing tells. With story-telling like this you don't need the twist.
Read the story now