An obsessive porn store clerk finds herself plunged into an old fashioned whodunnit. A group of four teenage friends wait for the world to end. A desperate journalist tries to explain why he is guilty of an elaborate hoax... and how his lies might be coming true. Three short stories about identity, addiction, guilt, and redemption: Home Movie | 1999 | Fake
I enjoyed it very much, especially the first and third stories, which are mysteries of different sorts. The first, called 'Home Movie', is about a porn-store clerk investigating an apparent snuff-flick accidentally discovered by customers. The third, called 'Fake', is about a journalist who concocted a hoax about a murder victim. The middle story, '1999', in which 'nothing happens', suggests a sort of mystery by the end, but didn't draw me in the way the other two did. I especially enjoyed the way the stories operated, this 'drawing in' of the reader, deeper and deeper until you think you've reached the heart of the matter, but find you're only halfway there. They keep going, and that's the mark of a fine storyteller, in my view, because by a certain point of most stories, you think you know how it's going to end, what's going on, who's who and all that, but when 'you think you know, but you don't know' (to quote the inimitable Jim Mora), that's when you find yourself under the spell.
This book definitely is not for everyone. Out of curiosity, I downloaded this free book from the Nook site and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It seems to be a self-published work posted to Nook through Smashwords. There are a few grammatical errors, but I never found them to be distracting. I appreciate how different these stories are from what I am accustomed to reading in popular literature and literary journals. There is a definite noir quality to these stories that I found to be interesting and engaging. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a grittier, darker, and more irreverent type of story telling that can be difficult to find.