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In this collection of short mystery / suspense fiction, Mississippi author John M. Floyd showcases the classic story-telling and surprise endings that have made him one of the most widely-published short story writers in the South. These thirty tales run the gamut from contemporary Tokyo to the Old West to the swamps of Georgia, and compelling characters fill their pages – a Texas oilman who makes a bizarre deal to avoid blackmail, a young boy who meets a legendary outlaw, a visitor sent from another world to dispense justice, a willing but terrified cop on the trail of a serial bomber.
The plots are equally varied: From Africa to the South Pacific, from the rural countryside to urban skyscrapers, Floyd keeps his readers guessing every step of the way. In “Teamwork,” thieves on the run find their biggest problem is each other; in “Survival,” castaways plan their escape from a remote island; “One Less Thing” pits a young woman with gambling debts against a ruthless loan shark; and in the title story, a bank robber accompanies his partner’s girlfriend into the Alaskan wilderness in search of stolen loot. There’s something here for everyone— adventure, romance, mystery, comedy, even a “series” of six tales featuring a retired schoolteacher and a small-town sheriff. So if your idea of the end of the rainbow is a potful of fiction with endless twists and turns…you’ve come to the right place.