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Ronnie Shaw’s The Dead and the Dying isn’t anything I’ve read before from the author. It trapezes from New Orleans scary voodoo set back to Atlanta where the story plays out. It smells of Stephen King and the paranormal, think Desperation.

Only the bare essentials are left in Ronnie’s story, but he doesn’t waste time in telling it. The result is a dynamite short story that leaves the reader with a dark twist. It’s almost a perverse twist – point of reference here is Cramped Quarters series. Without spoiling the story, lets just say that Ronnie flies with previous characters from his other books.

For any hints at the dark nature of the book, check out the cover by Palko Designs:  “If it bleeds then it screams.” There’s an evil brooding, and it could well be in the brooch. The dialogue is tough, sparse, and to the point. There will be more murders before the night’s out.

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