Review by Chris Rhatigan
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.