The Amazing Mr. Morality by Jacob M. Appel

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The Amazing Mr. Morality
Jacob M. Appel
Short stories
Vandalia Press
01 Feb 2018


The Amazing Mr. Morality features tenacious men and women whose determination to buck middle-class social convention draws them toward unforeseen challenges. A failed television producer insists upon having a woodchuck relocated from his lawn, only to receive desperate letters in which the woodchuck begs to return. An overconfident ne’er-do-well obtains a lucrative lecture invitation intended for a renowned ornithologist and decides to deliver the speech himself. An innocuous dispute over whether to rename a local street opens up racial fault lines that prove deadly.
The collection concludes with the title novella in which two unscrupulous ethicists, writing rival newspaper columns, seek to unseat each other by addressing questions such as: If you’re going to commit a murder, is it worse to kill when the victim is sleeping or awake?

I do love short stories for the simple reason you can catch a full story in a short period of time. ‘The Amazing Mr. Morality‘ offers 10 25-35 paged stories which are sometimes surreal and have a social footprint.

There wasn’t a real click which connected me to this book. I don’t dislike surreal but this book didn’t do it for me.

Cover art: amazing!


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