RARA-AVIS: Re: pronzini's cold FOGGY day: foxbrick and Chuck G.

From: tzingus_10968 ( tzingus_10968@yahoo.com)
Date: 28 Dec 2004

Thanks, gentlemen, for the comments. I think that pretty much my sense of the ending to, but you both said it better than I could've. And sorry about getting the title wrong. Why did I think it was "November"? Thanks for the other Pronzini tip. JR

> >
> > > This is a great story. But I'm a little curious about the
> > > ambiguous ending. I'm not especially dense but I'm not sure if I
> > > understood the ending. Anyone care to enlighten me. The story is
> > > anthologized in Black Lizard Anthology 1987--a great collection.
> >
> > Hi JR,
> > I just found this anthology yesterday a local used book store,
> i
> > agree, the ending of the Pronzini story is ambiguous. The only
> thing
> > I got out of it was that it was a twist ending. He leads you to
> > believe the the situation and characters are one thing, then
> > you that they're something else. It isn't one of Pronzini's best,
> > IMO.
> And, oddly enough, I just picked up a copy of the first BLACK
> (definitely seek out the SECOND BL ANTHO!) at a library sale
> yesterday to give to someone, something like the fourth or so to
> through my hands, and happened to reread the lead-off story...not
> ***SPOIL***
> anything, but Chuck's correct...Pronzini has strongly implied that
> the accountant being pursued by the protag and his senior partner
> about to be executed by thugs, when instead he's about to be
> by feds...the senior partner being a rather sadistic, and homesick,
> brother of their quarry. Interestingly to me, Pronzini's other
> EQMM story with "fog" in the title [no doubt also in the San
> Francisco and obfuscation senses], "Strangers in the Fog," strikes
> as not only one of his best but also still one of the best suspense
> stories I've read... and I like this one better than Chuck does, if
> not as much as "Strangers..." (which, given my sieve-like memory,
> probably was actually published in EQMM in '76 or somesuch).
> TM

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