The Lost Coast -- A Larison Short Story Kindle Edition
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This short story starts out with descriptions of tradecraft. Everyone has picked up from TV that when you are on the run it is not cool to use credit cards. But what about getting a room on the second floor so you can do an emergency exit via dumpster without breaking your legs? Or the one about keeping everything you don’t need in your car? A person on the run doesn’t want to go back to a hotel and go through check-out procedures. And Larison was on the run. We readers don’t know why. The story will proceed without giving us that unnecessary information.
But Larison was lonely in his second-floor bare hotel room. It was time to cruise the town, on foot, and see what action there was to be had. The first bar was too young for him, mostly for college students, the second resembled a penitentiary, the third was more restaurant than bar, but the fourth one was just right. Goldilocks and the three bears revisited. Larison entered the bar, sized up the other clientele and settled on an innocent looking good looking guy. Luring (maybe) Seth to go with him to purchase drugs, the two exited the bar and followed a path to where two bad guys were waiting. They weren’t truly muggers although they might steal targets of opportunity; they were gay bashers and innocent Seth was the bait to the set-up.
Unfortunately, the would-be gangsters were dealing with a professional gangster and Larison began to demonstrate his professional skills. Having disposed of the immediate two problems, what should he do with Seth? Remember that warning in the first paragraph above. That is the sort of spoiler surprise. You should read the story.
This is my second Eisler story. I look forward to reading more.
Also, the road trip at the beginning had me completely lost. I guess there are more Westports out there than I realized. Learning something new is a good thing, but until I figured it out, it was pretty confusing.
Sure would be nice if it started Raining again. :)
The sex scene (rape is a more apt description ) is however disgusting ( even more so than Richard Morgan's )
Hope we get more from Larison but without the sex.