Monday, March 13, 2017
Gold Digger, by Reavis Z. Wortham
Most of this story takes place in May 1934, on the night Bonnie and Clyde died, although that has nothing to do with the story. (Well, now that I think of it, it might explain a bit of one character's motivation. Subtle, that.) It's rural Texas and our narrator is a ten year old boy at a barn dance, with no less than Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys performing. He witnesses a murder, a pointless killing involving that ancient cause of trouble, an older husband a younger wife.
Then we jump to the same guy in World War II, and then many years later to his old age. And only at that point does he, and do we, figure out exactly what was going on back in 1934. I didn't see the twist coming at all.