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While surfing the Internet at work, Lloyd believes he's found a relic from an old genocide. If he's right, the artefact would be worth a ton of money, and it will give lots of people closure when they find out what really happened to their families.

But there's one problem. The artefact--if it really exists--is in the possession of Carla, a shy woman in the company's Accoun
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Published December 1st 2013 by Graham Downs
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Papi Z.
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Interesting premise for a short story. Contained properly in a short time, entertaining and a believable setting. I can picture this story happening in real life. Pacing is quick, no fluff conversations, swiftly moving you through the story until you are finished.

Characters are developed well in a short time. The main characters are able to be understood, their motives, even their naivety. Can you see the ending coming? Maybe you can, I did not, I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. After al
Kellie Ann
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Heritage of Deceit is a wonderful combination of love, lies, geed, and consequence. With simple characters and a thought out concept, "Heritage of Deceit" is a wonderful short read. The triangle of feeling between Lloyd, Carla , and Robert, is interesting to say the least. Robert and Lloyd are coworkers/acquaintances until Lloyd approaches Robert with a offer he can't refuse pertaining to Carla, a coworker who has a serious thing for Robert, and the secret they think she is hiding. Robert decide ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The short story for today is “Heritage of Deceit” by Graham Downs.

Our main character is Lloyd. While checking online while at work, he believes he has found a treasure from the past, a ring with an evil past. One that could be worth a lot of money. But it is not just about the money but the fact it would give people closure on a past that has haunted them.

Why is he so interested? One of his coworkers has a ring, one that looks very much like the one from the picture he has found. The problem is
Mark Tilbury
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Co-workers Lloyd and Robert think that Carla's ring is a link to a genocide. They plan a robbery to get hold of it that goes horribly wrong, and even the robbers don't get what they bargained for.

This is a well written short story The dialogue between Lloyd and Robert is realistic and their plans develop quickly and move the story along nicely.

I don't think that you have to like all the characters in a book to enjoy their story. I found myself really disliking both Lloyd and Robert. They were de
Samuel Alexander
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
In my personal opinion this story was good. It hit all the points it could. Made you like or hate the important characters. And came to one of those quick but well rounded conclusions one expects from a short story.

It start’s of with your typical disgruntled worker who happens upon something that could make him money. He’s convinced that the missing ring of a famous murderess is on a worker at his job, and plots to get it. His friend, main character Robert, is key to this plan. The woman who pos
Joni Janice Mielke
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. Small scale, big mystery. Desire, greed, obsession, death, and a crises of conscience. While this book isn't long, it has all of this in spades. Well written and well paced, Graham moves this story along at a realistic speed as the destinies of the central characters become more and more intertwined until we reach the climatic point where something has to give... and give, it does. With one or two surprises thrown in for good measure, this is a meaningful, impactful tale of se ...more
Stephen Hayes
A short story about office politics, love, greed, and, of course, deceit.

I liked the plot idea and the story moved fast, an enjoyable quick read, an the kind of thing I would like to see in a collection of bedtime stories for a quick read at the end of the day.

If there was a fault, it was that the story still had a few rough edges. At times the dialogue seemed a little stilted, and it could have done with a bit more polishing.

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Graham Downs is a South African author of short stories, flash fiction, and novelettes, in a variety of genres. Memoirs of a Guardian Angel is his longest work to date.

He currently lives in Alberton, Gauteng, with his wife and their dog, Becky. He spends a good portion of his free time reading and, as with his writing, he reads books in a huge range of genres and lengths. He’s also passionate abou

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