Sunday, March 25, 2018
The Submarine of Walker Lake, by Brendan DuBois
Correction made, thanks to Kevin Tipple.
Great title, huh? This is DuBois' seventh appearance in this blog, which ties him with Terence Faherty. It's not a typical DuBois story, being funnier and shorter than I am used to from him.
Sean Sullivan, our narrator, is an ex-Bostn cop, having lost his job in a reshuffle after a scandal. The only job he could find was as a patrolman in a small town called Walker, New Hampshire. He is still getting used to the place and the pace, and when some odd assignments come in he isn't sure whether someone is pranking the new boy.
For example Lon Kotkin claims he has seen a submarine in Walker Lake. Is he nuts, Sullivan asks the chief. "Compared to what?" is the reply.
I won't spoil the best line in the story by repeating it here, but it involves a bad guy asking a classic question and getting a rather startling reply.
It's a fun tale.