Sunday, July 15, 2018

Book Review: 'Her Name Is Mercie' by Chris Roy

Buff and handsome author Chris Roy was raised in South Mississippi, ‘in the midst of ugly Gulf Coast beaches and spectacular muddy bayous. Nowadays he lives his life crime vicariously, through the edgy, fast-paced stories he pens, hoping to entertain readers. When he isn’t writing, he’s reading, drawing or looking for prospects to train in boxing.’

This short book is a fine collection of tales dreamed up by Chris and made so realistic that we wonder if they border on reality! That is a signal of how well this boxer writes. The book contains five works by Chris - Her Name Is Mercie, Re-Pete, Hunger, Libby’s Hands, and Marsh Madness.

The brief plot line for the title story is as follows – ‘Mercie Hillbrook lives a simple, quiet life working as a gas station attendant. Then her parents are killed. Her home is taken. The people responsible are excused for just doing their job. When an attempt to get justice her way lands her in trouble with the law, Mercie realizes she still has something to lose: her own life. Then she finds reason to believe her parents were murdered… and she doesn't care anymore……’

In addition to Chris’ fine stories there are additional suggestions of other books by other authors from Near to the Knuckle Press – looks like they have the corner on stimulating short stories. Grady Harp, June 18

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