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Steel Valentine by Joe R. Lansdale

Steel Valentine

by Joe R. Lansdale

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“Even before Morley told him, Dennis knew things were about to get ugly. A man did not club you unconscious, bring you to his estate and tie you to a chair in an empty storage shed out back of the place if he merely intended to give you a valentine. Morley had found out about him and Julie.”

A short story in the tradition of Fleming or Dahl, “The Steel Valentine” is a gem, exemplifying the suspense writing of Joe Lansdale.
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Another short February read and a chance to keep the scoreboard ticking over on my reading stats.
Joe Lansdale serves up a gritty and graphic tale of a cuckolded husband exacting a little bit of retribution.

“Spare me the innocent act, lover boy. You’ve been laying the pipe to Julie, and I don’t like it.”

Morley, the husband and Dennis, the boyfriend discuss their differences in a storage shed, only instead of port and a couple of cigars, one’s been beaten unconscious and tied up with ropes. Seven hungry Dobermans await the conclusion of the talks.

Graphic violence, humour in our verbal exchanges and a satisfying outcome. I do like the author’s work.

Bonus material includes an introduction to his book Waltz of Shadows

4 from 5

Joe R. Lansdale has his website here.

You can grab a free short story from him every Thursday I believe.

Read in February, 2017
Published 1991 (my e-version was released 2011)
Page count – 29
Source – Amazon purchase, probably free
Format - Kindle

http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/joe-r-lansdale-steel-valentine-1991.html ( )
  col2910 | Mar 18, 2017 |
Definitely NOT a short story for dog lovers. ( )
  ssimon2000 | May 31, 2016 |
Another early Lansdale short story re-packaged as an eBook as a teaser to his novels that are now being published as eBooks. It doesn't get much better than this if you are looking for blood, guts, and dogs. ( )
  datrappert | Dec 4, 2011 |
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