“Joe Bugle” by Ward Jones #52
February 1, 2011Posted by on
Joe Bugle isn’t the ideal family man, he is a professional killer. Not the kind who kills insects in your home, but the real thing. Like anyone else though, he’s got a family. A few kids, a wife from Kansas City, and her two deadbeat brothers that waste time in a band, among others. So how can a guy like this sleep at night? Well, he’s got mouths to feed and in-laws that need to be cared for. At least the wife’s parents aren’t suckin’ him dry with medical bills. He just has to make a livin’.
From the first sentence, I knew I was in for a different sort of read for me. I don’t watch crime dramas, and rarely read crime stories, but diversity is important, so I wanted to make sure to review this piece. Despite the subject matter, this story really only discusses Joe’s criminal activity for half of the story. Much of his time is spend discussing his family situation, and complaining about one thing or another. It is pretty much a short rant by a killer trying to make a buck. Though I don’t relate to the character, I appreciate the strong narrative voice and its fast pace. Those are the things I liked most about this story. You can read it in Audience Literary Journal Volume 2 Issue 3.
Content Advisory: Drunkenness, Foul Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
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