Wednesday, May 09, 2007

"Funeral for a Friend" by Simon Kernick

From: Damn Near Dead: An Anthology of Geezer Noir. Ed. Duane Swierczynski. Busted Flush Press, 2006.

This is the story of the funeral for Francis Edward Hanson—Vietnam vet, bank robber, coke dealer—as told by Hanson himself. Just when I thought this might be a ghost story, Kernick revealed that Hanson faked his death and attended the funeral to see his would-be murderers get their comeuppance.

While some colloquialisms were a bit off, Hanson's colorful life and seen-it-all voice kept me reading.

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