Sunday, January 8, 2017
The Formula, by Jerry Kennealy
There are some good stories in this book but I have to say: the manuscript should have danced the Hustle one more time with a copy editor. Spellchecker doesn't catch missing words or spot when characters names suddenly change.
Moving on to Kennealy's story: It's 1970. Private eye Johnny O'Rorke has been hired to find an actress. Susan Jeffers vanished with a few scenes left to film in a Western which is already snake-bit, seeing how the first star killed himself.
The movie producer is philosophical, which is not the same as being resigned:
"It used to be so simple. We had a formula: boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back."
He brought his hands together ina loud snap. "Now its boy screws girl, girl gets gangbanged by thugs, boy kills thugs, girl decides to become a lesbian."
Which is not exactly what has happened to the actress. But her fate is a long way from formulaic.