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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
THE ROBBERY: A SHORT STORY by John Brinling
Published in 2011 as an e-short story in kindle format.
Estimated length: 11 pages
The most interesting thing about this short story is the opening paragraph:
Like Superman, Walter tried to catch the bullet. Unlike Superman, it went through the fleshy part of his palm between the thumb and forefinger.
After that, the story just deteriorates in a hurry.
Walter is stealing a fortune in bearer bonds from his company without his partner's knowledge, but he gets robbed almost as soon as he steps out on the street. From there, things spiral out of control with one betrayal after another and once it got going it was pretty obvious that it was going for full bore ridiculous - and it got there.
I found none of the characters sympathetic and it was very hard to actually care about them in any way.