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Autumnal (A Story) [Kindle Edition]

James Scott Bell
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For Mullin, it was supposed to be a time of peace and quiet by a river. Maybe a little fishing, maybe a little loafing. And then the hikers arrived. A man and a woman. And Mullin's autumnal repose was shattered . . .

From the "heart-whamming" (Publishers Weekly) keyboard of James Scott Bell comes a story in the tradition of Lawrence Block and Elmore Leonard––a taut tale of life interrupted and seriously disturbed.

Format: short story

Product Details

  • File Size: 161 KB
  • Print Length: 9 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Compendium Press (December 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars a splendid variation on a theme December 13, 2012
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I was certainly predisposed to like this story, as its author was generous enough to dedicate it to me, explaining that it had sprung from an old story of mine. Mr. Bell's a fine writer, and the changes he's worked are both inventive and dramatically convincing.

It's a curious thing--I've written two fishing stories that I can recall, "Sometimes They Bite" (the point of departure for "Autumnal") and the more recent "Catch & Release (A Story From the Dark Side)." Both, like Mr. Bell's, are dark and nasty. Yet fishermen in the main are such a patient, contemplative lot.

Most of them, anyway...

Lawrence Block
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling April 16, 2013
By Bookman
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James Scott Bell not only writes compelling novels, but short stories as well. This is well-written and true to the genre. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me Guessing December 27, 2012
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I have read many James Scott Bell novels and this story was a surprise freom start to finish. Short, with Criminal Minds - the TV show - characteristics, it took reading right to the end before I figured it out. A page turner, like all his other books, it was a fast read and one I'd highly recommend, although devoid of any Chrstian characteristics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one won't get away from you... December 20, 2012
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James Bell's new short story Autumnal is a chilling read and nothing less than what we would expect from this master storyteller. A lone camper is met in the woods by two hikers and the unexpected happens. Readers will find themselves reading between the lines and still finish saying, "I can't believe that!" A real twister that stays with you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing August 25, 2013
By ksue
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not worthy of the author. have read other of his books, and this was not up to his standard at all.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too short even for a "Short Story" August 20, 2013
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Don't buy this, it's only a few pages long, not long enough for a decent plot, and a waste of money!~
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4.0 out of 5 stars The suspense dude adds a touch of horror August 18, 2013
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Perfect short story to sandwich in over lunch or a coffee break. About a man trying to get a little quiet time fishing. Two hikers interrupt him and they are just weird enough to make you start to wonder. You know something's coming, but the details are a surprise. Nicely done.

It says it is based on a Lawrence Block story, and I was concerned I wouldn't get the story if I hadn't read Block's. But "Autumnal" stands alone just fine. In fact, now I'm intrigued enough to search out Block's original story!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Quick Story March 21, 2013
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I borrowed this story from the Prime library, and I must say, it was a fun, quick read. It only took me a few minutes to read, but I enjoyed to dark, tense feel of the story, and the ending topped it all off. I'll definitely read more of Mr. Bell's work.
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JAMES SCOTT BELL is a bestselling and award winning suspense writer, and one of the top writing coaches in the country. He writes in both the traditional and indie publishing realms. Writing as K. Bennett, he is the author of the Mallory Caine, Zombie-at-Law series, which begins with PAY ME IN FLESH. In 2012 he became the first writer to have a self published work nominated for the prestigious International Thriller Writers Award (for the novella ONE MORE LIE). He was the fiction columnist for Writer's Digest magazine and has written four popular books for the Writers Digest line: Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers and Conflict & Suspense. Jim taught novel writing at Pepperdine University and continues to teach at numerous writers conferences in the United States, Canada, London, Australia, and New Zealand. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He lives and writes in L.A. He blogs weekly at Kill Zone --

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