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Dead Letters (A Short Story) by [Stone, Jonathan]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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About the Author

Jonathan Stone does most of his fiction writing on the commuter train between the Connecticut suburbs and Manhattan, where he is the creative director of a midtown advertising agency. His four published crime novels have all been optioned for film. He also has two short stories, “Hedge” and “East Meets West,” in the two most recent Mystery Writers of America anthologies. A graduate of Yale, Jon is married, with a son and daughter in college.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1734 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Publisher: StoryFront (22 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HQNV7H4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #299,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Enjoyed. However I thought this story line had legs. I was a pretty rushed affair. Was there a word limit? Good characters that could have been built on and enriched in a meandering story and not the wham bam thank you maim style it was. Overall worth a half hour of anyone's time.
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By SEM on 21 Mar. 2014
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Gosh this is the second book that I've read recently making use of a present tense narrative but unlike the other book in which it worked well I think that for this book it has a detrimental effect on the telling of the story; which is a pity as it really is a neat little tale. This is an unusual story concerning a branch of law enforcement called the Postal Police. This branch is regarded as a laughingstock by the "regular" police and with puzzlement by any of the general public they come into contact with.

At the centre of the story is Marcie, for whom joining the branch has been a professional compromise. She works alongside partner Schottsie and everything at work is much of a much for them until one day a baffling case in the lost letter section demands their attention. The solving of case is seen entirely through Marcie's eyes and apart from a physical description of Schottsie and a little information about his background he doesn't really play much of a role to speak of in the story.

I occasionally had a problem with who was doing the speaking as dialogue is not always clearly signposted. I mentioned earlier that I felt use of the present tense didn't help the delivery of the story, well I felt it gave what is a nice story a lumbering feel as did the repetition technique used by the author. I think I got the intent behind it but it grated a bit just the same.

Anyways even with having said all that, I really think the story is a novel one and well worth giving a go - the very last line of the story being particularly satisfying. I certainly wouldn't mind reading another of the author's books.

[On a formatting note: a lot of the text contained large gaps between many of the words]

An interesting 3.5* read.
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Excellent story idea, a simple idea which was carefully researched and delivered. It kept me guessing until the conclusion. Ideal short read for a train journey.
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This storyline had the potentional to have made a wonderful full length book. It was over far too quickly. So that is why it only got 4 stars
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