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Monday, February 28, 2011

Reader's Diary #689- Evan Hunter: The Last Spin

Two guys sitting across from one another, a gun between them. Could be a schlocky Hollywood set up, could be a great story premise. Knowing that Evan Hunter was a screenwriter, it would be easy to assume that his story "The Last Spin" is the latter.

Certainly there are elements of schlock, especially at the beginning, with its over the top dialogue, dripping machismo attitude, and melodramatic opener, but somewhere along the way, as the story becomes increasing tense, it also becomes increasingly tragic, and more importantly, it becomes a parable. "Screw the clubs!"

(Did you write a post for Short Story Monday? If so, please leave a link in the comments below.)

3 comments:

Teddy Rose said...

I'm not sure that this is a story for me but your review has mad me curious. Great job in a short review!

I read a classic author as well, Zora Neale Hurston: http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweat-by-zora-neale-hurston.html

Loni said...

I'm not really into machismo, so I probably wouldn't finish it, but if it develops well, maybe I'll give it a chance.

Here's my post:
http://loniseye.blogspot.com/2011/02/report-on-internet-user-by-andrew.html

emeire said...

This does not sound like a bedtime story, so I might wait before having a look at it!

Em

http://emeire.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/scarves-beads-…-mavis-gallant/