The Fish Does Not Have to be Real, Short Story by James Strauss
Apr03

The Fish Does Not Have to be Real, Short Story by James Strauss

John Whitworth sat at his desk, his head turning to peer through the glass double doors that also served as his only window to look out over a small portion of Puget Sound.

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Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 5
Jun07

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 5

Arch Patton DOWN IN THE VALLEY  Chapter  5 By J. Strauss   “What do you want?” the formerly dangerous man on the bed said, his voice imploring, extending his arms out before him with both palms turned upward in question. “You forgot to ask a few questions you needed the answers to. Answers that would have avoided this very meeting. I thought Virginia was smarter but it appears fairly obvious she left a few things out.” Arch said the...

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Arch Patton, Down In the Valley, Chapter 6
Jun13

Arch Patton, Down In the Valley, Chapter 6

Arch Patton DOWN IN THE VALLEY Chapter 6 By J. Strauss   “Where we goin’ boss?” Matisse yelled from the drivers seat, as Arch got into the old battered convertible. Matisse accelerated away so fast the huge single door on the passenger side slammed with the sound of gunshot. “Cut back across the island,” Arch instructed, with his damaged hand pushed against the dash and the other grasping the top of the door. “We’ll use H3 and cross...

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Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 7
Jun22

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 7

The Hertz counter was empty when Arch went in to get a car more fitting than Matisse’s Pontiac convertible. There were plenty of cars and Arch didn’t bother to try to negotiate rates. A hundred dollars a day for a Cadillac……

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Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 11
Jun23

Arch Patton, Down in the Valley, Chapter 11

Arch and Matisse hiked the quarter mile back past Sunset Beach until they came to Ted’s Bakery. Ted Nakamura ran the place and he knew Matisse from way back, or so Matisse claimed………..

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