Monday, January 8, 2018
Truth Comes Out of Her Well to Shame Mankind, by Thomas Pluck
This is the second appearance in this blog by my friend and fellow SleuthSayer Thomas Pluck. And that brings up an interesting point. Most of the stories I have read by him are somewhat raw and visceral. This one is nuanced and sophisticated. Notice I am not saying that one is better than the other. Pluck has fit his style to his material, as good writers do.
The narrator is the host of TV shows about archaeology. He has been invited to a German dig by Emma, a woman he knew in school, who is leading the dig. But he is not there because of old memories, or his TV show. He is an expert in the Kurgan civilization, which is known only by the strange burials they left behind.
And there may be Kurgan burials here. Emma has found some weird stuff, like evidence of cannibalism, and a headless female skeleton in a well. Very mysterious stuff.
Speaking of mysteries, reasonable people could disagree over whether this is a mystery, i.e., a crime story, or something else. But if you don't like my decision, start your own damn blog. And that's about as raw and visceral as I get here.