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By Gordon Weaver

 In a wonderful profession that has yielded 4 novels, ten tale collections, and a quantity of poetry, Gordon Weaver has maintained a particular literary voice that, regardless of its consistently recognizable presence, by no means fails to shock longtime readers of his paintings. His top tales someway be capable to be witty and lethal severe on the related time.Last Stands offers humans at an important moments of their lives, the moments within which final demanding situations are faced, final questions are requested, and definitive judgments are made. Weaver’s characters may possibly flounder, and fail, yet they're redeemed via their braveness and their honesty.A employed murderer ponders his self esteem, a bartender takes his basically probability for worldly good fortune, a guy buries his mom, one other talks with the useless, yet one more attends his highschool reunion decided on vindication, and a war-weary Vietnam vet reveals a spot he can name domestic. those are tales that don't shun the darker aspect of Weaver’s characters, yet search the illumination of the insights had to make their lives significant, if in simple terms to themselves.

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Just name one person here tonight who’s got one damn thing in the world—or a chance of it! Name one,” he said to his brother. “Your mom and dad,” Francie said from behind him. ” Ray said. ” The original plan was to open every day at eleven-thirty in the morning. It was just past three in the afternoon when Ray woke up the next day, unable to remember if he’d set his alarm clock when he crawled into bed or not. He tried to spring up, was hit between and behind the eyes by his dry, stony hangover, so lay back and called for his youngest brother.

Handsome Bob Magill left holding hands with Margie, winking to Billy Pat behind her back. Jim Rickles left to follow Regina Neery and her oboist. On his last play of the pinball machine, Franklin Schrantz won thirty dollars from the house. A taxicab had to be called for Officer DaNunzio, who insisted as he was helped out by the cabbie that all those kids at Steuben Park had been a bunch of goddamned little bums for as long as he’d known them. Eddo Wandry asked Ray to keep the stock investment club in mind.

His hand was still in his pocket, his other hand holding his coattail, lifting it to make it easier to get his keys. His mouth was open, as if he meant to speak. Gruber shot him three times in the chest. The pistol twitched in his hand as it went off. The silencer made a loud, abrupt whistling sound. The man was thrown backward into the pharmacy entranceway, where he collapsed, head against the wet tiles. Gruber put his pistol down at his side. Mikey stepped up on the sidewalk, crouched, aimed with both hands and shot the man in the side of the head.

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