Nothing to Worry About by Day Keene from The Best American Noir of the Century

best american noir of the centuryreviewed by Stephen D. Rogers

If you skip the first paragraph, you’re in for a treat, a story that maintains its narrative drive through multiple locations and flashbacks.

If you read the first paragraph, you might just skip ahead to the next story. Don’t.

While NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT is far from perfect (in addition to the problem of the opening paragraph, the characters lack sufficient motivation, the setup to the twist defies logic, and the ending feels tacked on in a rush), the story draws you in and doesn’t let go.

That’s the way to read this entry IN BEST AMERICAN NOIR OF THE CENTURY, in a rush. Only then can you appreciate the sense of the tale without being distracted by its many faults.

You’ll remember it better than it is.

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Stephen D. Rogers is the author of SHOT TO DEATH (Mainly Murder Press) and more than 600 shorter pieces. His website includes a list of new and upcoming titles as well as other timely information.

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