Another Wednesday means it is time for another short story review. Various things have conspired against me in recent days in one way or another, so on the docket today is a repeat review from way back in my dusty files. Today I offer you a reminder of Artie And The Long-Legged Woman by Jan Christensen.
If reading crime fiction has taught us anything it should be that a beautiful woman with sexy legs often means trouble. Years ago when Artie and Henry were teens and friends, Artie first noticed that Henry’s mom had great legs. They were distinctive and he would recognize those great legs anywhere. Nearly twenty years later they still are incredible as is the rest of Mrs. Henderson. The same Mrs. Henderson who just stepped out of a white limo to talk to him in an alley. It has been a long time since he saw her and these days Mr. and Mrs. Henderson own a jewelry store. The same jewelry store Artie just successfully robbed.
Artie is good at his job and usually gets away with no one able to prove he did it. But, this time, Mrs. Henderson has security camera footage of what he just did. Not to mention the fact that she just caught him literally holding the bag with the loot. He can keep the loot he lifted as a down payment and she won’t use the security footage as long as Artie does the job she wants done.
This is a well written and highly entertaining tale by Texas author Jen Christensen much like her novel, Sara’s Search. A lot of character depth is packed into this fast moving and complicated tale. Like her tale “Going Where the Wind Blows” in the anthology On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir there is more than one twist in Artie And the Long-Legged Woman available from Untreed Reads.
Good stuff. Period.
Artie And The Long-Legged Woman
Untreed Reads Publishing
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