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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
OVERTIME in the WOODS (short story) (kindle) by Ryan Sean O'Reilly
Published in 2013 as an e-short story in kindle format.
Estimated length: 29 pages.
This short story follows Rich Lacey, a private investigator who often works for insurance companies and investigates people who claim to have been physically disabled at work but who are actually just fine. He is tracking a man named Rufus Stumford in the back woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula who is suspected of faking a back injury claim. Usually, Lacey works in the city, but Stumford case looks so obvious. The problem? He lives out in the real wild country - well out of cell phone range and out of Lacey's comfort zone.
But, Lacey has a case to prove, even if has illegally placed a homing device on Stumford's truck and has illegally trespassed to get good pictures of Stumford at work at his cabin - splitting and hauling wood.
But, what happens when Lacey actually meets Stumford makes him question the justice of what he does for a living...
This short story was well done - it had a good amount of tension and an interesting bit of mind games between Stumford and Lacey.
I rate this short story 4 stars out of 5.
Reviewed on November 12, 2013.