Steve Weddle has gotten a lot of notice from his crime fiction peers with his short fiction and debut novel, Country Hardball, published in 2013. In this chilling story, he shows how a lottery winner uses his money for revenge.
“I’d carried the list around for years, every so often adding a name, moving it to a new scrap of paper in my wallet. I read it like some kind of mantra. Calming myself. Focusing.
Jake Martin. Junior year of high school. He punched me in the nose on a dare.
Mike Gibson. First job out of college. Weaseled his way into my spot and got me fired.
Chad Michaels. At the Tire Factory. Sold me three used tires, claiming they were new.
I guess they don’t seem like that big a deal to you. But that’s because they didn’t happen to you. This isn’t about you. This is about me. And the seventeen people on the list.”