Bruce Post : Fleeing Steady Habits

Fleeing Steady Habits

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On Christmas Day, Junior arrives at his father’s junkyard trailer home for their once a year holiday meal only to find his Pop murdered. Seizing an opportunity from this tragedy, Junior decides to take his Pop’s car and the cash he saved. But he can’t leave without saving his best friend Courtney from her drunken, sexually abusive father. Junior picks Courtney up and together they head off with a vague destination of maybe Mexico. In the glove box of Pop’s car they find a priceless Russian icon. They deposit the icon in a pay locker in a bus station in Pennsylvania. They pick up Hunter, a hitchhiker, who tries to rape Courtney and steals their cash so that they are nearly broke. They find work and continue their odyssey, not knowing that Hunter has teamed up with Courtney’s father to hunt them down and steal the icon.

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Fleeing Steady Habits

by Bruce Post
Black Rose Writing
reviewed by Joe Kilgore
"Last I saw him, there on the floor of the trailer, blood leakin’ out his ear onto the filthy linoleum, he fit right in with the rest of the trash."
Bruce Post writes like a seventeen year-old talks—which in this instance is pitch perfect because a teenage boy just happens to be the principle narrator of this nifty bit of noir. He also writes like a teenage girl and a disgusting child abuser—who both lend their perspectives to this story of kids not only on the run from murder and mayhem, but also from suffocating small town lives that threaten to stunt their psyches and turn their futures into a deadening replay of their parents' mistakes.
Bristol, Connecticut is long past its prime when Post’s tale begins. Post paints a vivid picture of a once thriving town now barely existing on the remnants of past manufacturing glory. Factories and plants have become ghostly playgrounds for disaffected youth trapped in a cycle of poverty that promises to do nothing but continue. Within this setting, Junior finds his father dead, murdered perhaps, and in this ultimate end he sees a possible new beginning for himself and his best friend, Courtney. Taking what he believes his father wanted him to have, and perhaps that which got his father killed, he scoops up Courtney and they begin an ill-advised, ill-planned, and even more ill-fated runaway.
In addition to constructing a credible and suspenseful plot, Post lays bare the raw nerve endings of his central characters as they careen from one harrowing situation to the next. His dialogue bespeaks his skill and training as a playwright and teacher. It stings with the slap of truth. This is one of those rare gems one occasionally finds if one is lucky—a little novel that packs a big punch.
RECOMMENDED by the US Review

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