Crime Fiction Friday: A DEATH by Stephen King

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Even though he’s mainly known for horror, Stephen King has worked in several genres, including mystery and thriller; examples include Joyland, published by Hard Case Crime, and Mr. Mercedes. In this recent short story for The New Yorker, he combines horror and mystery, with an old west setting.

“A Death” by Stephen King

“Jim Trusdale had a shack on the west side of his father’s gone-to-seed ranch, and that was where he was when Sheriff Barclay and half a dozen deputized townsmen found him, sitting in the one chair by the cold stove, wearing a dirty barn coat and reading an old issue of the Black Hills Pioneer by lantern light. Looking at it, anyway.

Sheriff Barclay stood in the doorway, almost filling it up. He was holding his own lantern. “Come out of there, Jim, and do it with your hands up. I ain’t drawn my pistol and don’t want to.”…

Click here to read the rest of the story.

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