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Crimes in Southern Indiana:Stories by Frank Bill

Have you ever known someone who is afraid of big cities because they think there is so much crime and violence? Well, I have and I might just present that person with a book to read called Crimes in Southern Indiana: Stories by Frank Bill. These short stories are chock full of violence, alcohol, methamphetamines, and crime and it all takes place in rural settings. There is rampant poverty and a lot of hunting for subsistence. My favorite stories are “Old Testament Wisdom” a great tale of revenge and “A Coon Hunter’s Noir” which shows that it can be deadly to mess with someone’s dog(s), no matter how close you are to that person. Another good story is a cautionary tale called “ A Rabbit in the Lettuce Patch” about a woman who leaves her husband and goes to a redneck bar to drink and meet her lover (who then dumps her). I would say by the end of the next 24 hours she probably would give anything to be back at home with her husband. This book is particularly scary as it is so realistic and makes you hope and pray that you never run across a meth addict when they’re desperate for money to get more drugs. Guess what? Big cities don’t look so bad after all!

Stacy W.

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