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The Robbery: A Short Story

The Robbery: A Short Story [Kindle Edition]

John Brinling

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Walter decided to rob his company when his business was failing and his wife, Muriel, no longer loved him. His plan was simple: grab the bearer bonds and run—worry about the details later.

Everything was fine until a Puerto Rican youth robbed him while he was making his escape.

And that changed everything.

Now he was the victim.

Now he had to figure out how to get the bonds back—and that meant he had to assume the robbery was not merely a coincidence. That Muriel or his partner, Joe, or Luis, the cleaning man, had to be involved.

And he had been shot during the robbery.

And the police would soon come around asking questions.

If things were bad before, they were terrible now.

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  • Language: English
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I have been writing all of my life. I wrote my first novel when I was sixteen. "Black Dawn." It dealt with segregation and the KKK. Whatever happened to it I don't know.
Since then, earning a living has preempted long periods of my life when I wrote very little. My wife and I are both in data processing (IT nowadays) and we usually work long hours when we are on a contract, which meant I spent little time writing fiction when gainfully employed. The birth of my daughter offered me another excuse for not writing, but that's what it was: an excuse. Writing is hard. But it's in my DNA and I keep returning to it, despite some part of me that prefers the lazy life. However, not writing is unthinkable, and I am constantly exploring ideas even when I'm not committing them to paper.
I lived and worked in Europe for seven years. I met my wife In Italy where we both worked for the same company, and were married in 1975. The contract we were working on ended that year and we took two years off to live in England, in a 300 year old farmhouse in Wiltshire. It was in that farmhouse that I wrote "The Ghost Of A Flea," as well as another book titled "Quarantine," which is a science fiction thriller.
"The Ghost" has a strong autobiographical component. I was a programmer/analyst. The office ambience in the novel is similar to life in my New York office, although the intrigues were of an entirely different nature. I had a good friend who lived in Sparta. I lived for a time near the George Washington Bridge. The building manager was an Irishman, who became a good friend, and an integral character in the book.
"Quarantine" is set in East Africa, where my wife and I vacationed, and I drew liberally on what we read, saw, and experienced.
I had an agent back then who marketed both books, and came very close to selling them to both Doubleday and St. Martins. Unfortunately he died before completing the sale and I put the books on a shelf and forgot about them for 35 years. Only this year did I resurrect them and publish them on Amazon's Kindle and Smashwords.
In 1977, my wife and I returned to the states and founded our IT consulting firm, Brinling Associates. For the next fifteen years we worked hard building our business. I wrote one novel during that time, a book titled "Alone," which dealt with a man in an irreversible coma who is aware of what is happening around him, but is unable to communicate with the real world. Unfortunately, most of that book is lost.
In 1990, during a down period in our business activities, I wrote several other novels which I am attempting to bring out of retirement. These novels were also put on the shelf when circumstances re-ignited our business opportunities. One book - "The Watcher," a horror thriller - is already self-published. The other is a much larger work, a rural mystery series, that I'm still working on.
As you can see, writing books is one thing, marketing quite another. I am perhaps the world's worst marketer, which helps explain why my writings have spent most of their lives on a shelf in my home in Vermont staring out at me asking "Why?"
For the past few years I have been writing screenplays, which are more bite-sized writing efforts. I have done fairly well in some contests, but am still waiting to be discovered. The small royalty check I earned from Amazon this quarter is the only money I've ever earned from my fiction writing.
My writing is pure escapism. When I sit down to write, I embark on an adventure. I let things happen and I let the characters be who they are. Since I strongly avoid outlines, I am as surprised by events as I hope the reader is. Pulling together loose ends is a subject for revision, which I do endlessly. This undoubtedly makes for more work and takes me longer to "finish" something, but it seems to be the best, the only, way for me. It is the candy bar just out of reach that keeps me at the keyboard.
My background illustrates my chaotic approach to life. I have been at different stages a pharmacist, a pharmacologist, a tech writer, a programmer/analyst, a business consultant, a business owner, a teacher, a novelist and a screenwriter. At one time I thought it perfectly acceptable, if not desirable, to change jobs/professions every year or so. I didn't worry about the future, assuming I would always find a way to muddle through.
I'm still muddling through.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and Turns 19 May 2011
By Darlene Underdahl - Published on
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I had an enjoyable morning reading this book. It doesn't take very long, but stay alert with coffee in hand to keep up with all the twists and turns.

For anyone wishing to write spy/mystery novels, this short story is a good excercise to make your mind move in the right directions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many twists and turns and a surprise ending 17 Aug 2011
By Israel Drazin - Published on
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This enjoyable story has more twists and turns than a spinning top, a couple of clues, and a surprise ending. Walter and his partner Joe have a business that is near bankruptcy. Walter takes a half million dollars worth of bonds from the partners' safe and places them in his briefcase. He plans to leave the country and his wife with whom he hasn't had good relations since she was driving while drunk and killed their child. However, as he leaves his office, he is robbed of the briefcase, his Rolex, and his wallet by a man who shoots him in the hand. It is obvious that the robber knew about the bonds. There were only three people who could have known that he had the bonds, his partner, wife, and the janitor at work. Who hired the robber and why? And would he get in trouble with the police for taking the bonds?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The most interesting thing about this short story is the opening paragraph: 23 Oct 2013
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The most interesting thing about this short story is the opening paragraph:

"Like Superman, Walter tried to catch the bullet. Unlike Superman, it went through the fleshy part of his palm between the thumb and forefinger."

After that, the story just deteriorates in a hurry.

Walter is stealing a fortune in bearer bonds from his company without his partner's knowledge, but he gets robbed almost as soon as he steps out on the street. From there, things spiral out of control with one betrayal after another and once it got going it was pretty obvious that it was going for full bore ridiculous - and it got there.

I found none of the characters sympathetic and it was very hard to actually care about them in any way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A twisted, very good mystery 30 Aug 2011
By S. Warfield - Published on
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If you steal half a million dollars' worth of bearer bonds from your company's safe, place them in your briefcase, then while making your escape you are robbed of the bonds, your expensive Rolex watch, your wallet and then shot in the hand, someone knows about your plans to steal the bonds. The business isn't doing very well, and the marriage is even worse. That's what happened to Walter one day in this short story by John Brinling that has more twists than a pretzel. The Robbery is a short story that you have to read carefully to keep up with the characters, what they're doing and who does what.

Walter and Muriel have been married long enough that the romance has worn off and Muriel finds comfort in an expensive box of Godiva chocolates every week. Walter is annoyed because she always smells like chocolate. Does Muriel know about the bonds? Does the janitor? The business partner?

This is a very good short story that I enjoyed reading. It doesn't take long to read and is a real whodunit. If you have a few spare minutes to read on a coffee break or just want something short and good to read, try The Robbery.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars john bringling at his finest 24 Aug 2011
By xepshn8 - Published on
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This one had so many twists and turns i had to go slow to make sure i did not get lost. It was a great short story.
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