Two teenage boys on the make, looking for love and a quick score cross paths with a desperate woman on the run. A blazing inferno and a shootout change their lives forever in Fire In The Sky!
In case it has escaped anyone’s attention, I am shamelessly padding the numbers with a lot of short fiction in order to try and hit my year end reading target of 120 books of various lengths and types. Another new author then in Joel Goldman, a three time Edgar Award nominee and the co-founder of Brash Books.
Fire in the Sky………is a short (obviously) tale set in a small town in America during the depression. Goldman packs a lot into this tale…….. friendship, lust, desire, fair-grounds, stunted prospects, bank robbers, a children’s home, fire, panic, gun play, hospitals, death and in a satisfying conclusion, a seizure of opportunity and the prospects of a brighter future as our adolescent hero takes a giant step towards manhood.
Possibly a missed chance here by Goldman as I kind of feel there was enough of a storyline going on that it deserved a longer treatment. That said a great introduction to another new-to-me author.
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Joel Goldman’s website is here. You can acquire this story free by signing up to his newsletter, which is how I happened by it. Definitely an author I’ll read more from in the future.