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A Pleasure to Burn
David Bain
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A Pleasure to Burn

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Rafe Johnson, favored target of the tabloids and critical darling of the movies is Green River, Michigan's most famous son - and yet he hides a troubled, secret past. Now, as the media speculates on his latest romantic split, the embattled actor has snuck home to put both the literal and figurative ghosts of the past to rest with the strike of a match. Unbeknownst to him, ...more
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Published August 15th 2011 by David Bain, via Smashwords (first published August 14th 2011)
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Stuart Aken
Oct 19, 2012 Stuart Aken rated it liked it
I read this short on my Kindle. It has references to Ray Bradbury, which I didn’t fully get until I discovered Ray wrote a story with the same title (one I haven’t read). I felt the style was closer to some of the US detective stories I read in Ellory Queen, when I was younger, than to the sublime style of Bradbury.
The tale is told from two points of view; the ‘hero’, a celebrity returning to his home town, scene of a family tragedy, and the young female reporter following him and intent on gett
Melysah Bunting
Oct 31, 2011 Melysah Bunting rated it it was ok
A Pleasure to Burn by David Bain is a short story about a celebrity, Rafe Johnson, who goes back to his hometown to get some closure on a traumatic event that happened to him as a child. His is followed by a paparazzi journalist who finds herself in a compromising position.

I thought the story was interesting. At the end my mind said, "I want more." I also think the plot is very current. We love celebrities and their haunted past. It's a great story to read before Halloween!

I'd definitely like to
Sarah Baethge
Nov 13, 2011 Sarah Baethge rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like short stories
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A Pleasure to Burn is a short ‘Green River’ story by David Bain that explores the lengths people will go to in an attempt to erase a past they’d rather forget. It’s also a chilling reminder of how we can sometimes lose all sense of caution when trying to uncover the secrets of another. Interesting characters here that are written in such a way you could be left wanting to read more about them. Both people written about have a clear motivation. Knowing all that was told of Johnson, I am left ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Mr. Bain crafted a chilling page turner in "A Pleasure To Burn".

Rafe Johnson, a mega-star, haunted by his past and hunted by paparazzi decides to return home to 'Green River',Michigan. Once home he must confront his past trauma put his ghosts to rest.

"Pleasure to Burn" is a short story but don't let that keep you from purchasing this gem.
Mireille Chester
Oct 25, 2011 Mireille Chester rated it it was amazing
What a great story! I loved how you could feel the despair Rafe felt while heading to and into the house, and when he remembered what had happened in the kitchen... wow. Fantastic! Emotions make a story for me, and this one was brilliant. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Jan 22, 2012 Paulette rated it really liked it
Very short story but excellent. It's nice to get a free book for following someone on Twitter and to then actually enjoy it, it really is priceless!
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