Blood Atonement by DeLeon DeMicoli from Warmed & Bound – review

Review by Chris Rhatigan

Warmed and Bound

One thing I like about the occasional reviews I do for Spinetingler is that the story I’m assigned is usually by a writer who I’m not very familiar with. Before this, I’d never heard of DeLeon DeMicoli and had no idea of what to expect.

But I will be looking for his work in the future.

He writes classic, hard-boiled prose with the steadiness of a metronome. He mines exact details and gives the reader exactly the right amount of information.

In this story, he doesn’t rely on twists or gimmicks. Instead he methodically details the demise of a man who holds up a bar for reasons other than robbery. It’s a classic noir device – man turns against manipulative woman – but handled with care and confidence. One scene, in which the man is shaving the woman’s legs, is truly memorable – so much about these desperate characters is revealed in such a small space.

This outstanding story has me eager to read the rest of the collection.

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