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River Bottom Rum : A Collection of Stories James Botting

River Bottom Rum : A Collection of Stories

James Botting

Published May 22nd 2012
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Kindle Edition
206 pages
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A senior citizen with a diabolical homicide plan for her husband, ex-cons bumbling an armored truck robbery, kidnapping at an interstate rest stop, a homicide suspect beating the cops at their own game, a fly fishing excursion turned into aMoreA senior citizen with a diabolical homicide plan for her husband, ex-cons bumbling an armored truck robbery, kidnapping at an interstate rest stop, a homicide suspect beating the cops at their own game, a fly fishing excursion turned into a nightmare of revelation and tragedy, a bus ride from hell, a pair of rogue cops turn a street robbery from bad to worse and then to much worse, a high riding CEO living (and dying) with a secret, a mind numbing letter that sucks the life out of you—literally, and the slow motion death of a marriage. The anchor story follows a band of homeless outcasts—drunks, dopers and dealers, hookers, thieves, child molesters, schizos, and a human IED—living beneath the grid in the river bottom desperately trying to survive.These wounded and broken souls—for reasons known to few—who live each day on the edge of danger and death are as amazing as rats and cockroaches in their adaptability and resiliency. It’s hard not to take sides and hope one or the other will make it.Botting, who seems to have a penchant for losers, uncovers a world of human conflict, violence and tragedy that most of us, thankfully, will never experience. You may feel a little voyeuristic and uncomfortable, but it’s impossible to look away from the human train wrecks found in these stories.