Drive All Night

Nowhere, Nevada Lois is curled up like a cat, asleep on the backseat of the stolen car. Kiera sleeps too, resting her head on Mitch’s shoulder while he drives. Her purple hair falls forward to shadow her face, a strand carefully following the ridge line of her jawbone. The radio had started fading in and out after they crossed into …

Chasing Magpies

Earlier today, Mrs Jacobson stabbed Ronnie Arnold with pruning shears for stepping on her lawn. Amelia tells me this while I stand hugging the trunk of the Delarney’s big old horse chestnut tree looking up into its upper branches. Mrs Jacobson loves her garden. We see her pacing along by the flower beds in her broad rimmed white floppy sun …

Three Needles Cave

My husband Cecil Maitland has gotten himself stuck behind a rock fall down in Three Needles Cave and this whole town it seems has turned out to watch him die. I have done so much crying over these past four days that now all I am is angry as I look around the clearing. The Mexicans are squatting beside a …

The Dealey Plaza

His head exploded and all. Just like a big juicy Halloween pumpkin was how my buddy Joe Teal described it. To tell the truth I didn’t even know what was happening until it was over. One moment we were applauding and waving our flags. Next minute folks were screaming and running everywhere and that big black Lincoln was weaving like …

The Devil Visits

Larry is in town. And when Larry is in town there is almost inevitably trouble for someone. He is a business leader of the old school. Not for him new fangled three hundred and sixty degree feedback gathering, team effectiveness programmes, diversity targets or style awareness training. You can tell he still secretly hankers after the nineteen seventies with its …

The Second Chance Diner

She is a funny looking woman; finely dressed in a suit, pinned hat, big ruby brooch at her throat. She slides in next to me in the booth without asking and gives me a big smile, looking over her eye glasses which perch on the bridge of her nose like a bird about to take flight. She seems out of …