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A Good Clean, A Harsh Clean

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A man walks into a bar, his hands smelling of bleach. All he wants is a drink and an alibi, but what he gets is an encounter with a loud, old man. As they talk he realizes they share a very personal and very dangerous link.

A short story for fans of Dark, edgy and Noir fiction.
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Published December 12th 2010 (first published October 10th 2010)
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It's going to be hard to review this without giving any real details away; it's only 12 pages long. I think that it's best to go into this one without prior knowledge of what it's about. The writing style is different, but it didn't take my brain very long to switch over to deciphering it. There's a lot of layers here. I read this twice through, just to see if my impressions would be the same with full awareness of the plot. The first time I found myself chuckling quite a bit - there's a dark hu ...more
A short, disturbing story, but well-written.
Jennifer Wardrip
Brian Martinez is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors to read. So far, I haven't run across anything I've read of his that I've disliked. A GOOD CLEAN, A HARSH CLEAN is no exception. This is yet another winner, a dark, edgy, noir-style short style written in his typical sparse style. No unnecessary clutter, no words used without a reason. Just a short & sweet dark little tale that you're bound to enjoy.
Mar 23, 2014 Delta rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

Martinez did a good job of setting the scene in this deliciously shocking vignette. If you are in the mood for a horror short, A Good Clean, A Harsh Clean may fill the bill.
David Schwan
A short but very descriptive noir story. I love the detailed description of the bar and the the characters in the the bar. One on the authors best efforts. Before the ending you are not quite sure what to expect.
A very short story- took me less than an hour to read it. Not sure if I would have continued with it if it was longer as the language was a bit cliched for my taste but fine as a short story.
Brian Martinez
Dec 11, 2011 Brian Martinez added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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I like his style of writing.
Nicely paced short story. The dialogue really punched up the personalities in this short. Nice description without being overdone. A quick, fun read!
The sshort story had a wonderful twist... Will be looking for more fiction by Mr. Martinez.
Wow, what a unique and interesting story. Very dark content but the writing was very impressive.
Great short story. "Picture what happens to the poet when the man who reads it isn't a good man."
I had goosebumps for a lot of the scenes so that's a good thing, right?
A short story, the likes of Ray Bradbury Theater.
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Brian Martinez is a writer of Science Fiction, Horror, Crime, or what some call more generally Dark Fiction. He was born and raised on Long Island, New York where he attended Long Island University and met his wife, Natalia.

Riding the boom of self-publishing, Martinez released his apocalyptic A Chemical Fire to a reception of strong reviews. He followed it up with Kissing You is Like Trying to Pu
More about Brian Martinez...
The Mountain and The City, Part I A Chemical Fire The Mountain and The City, Part II The Mountain and The City: The Complete Saga The Mountain and The City, Part III

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