Grin and Bare It

How High The Moon  by Duane Lindsay is Book Six in the Leroy and Kate love story about grifters, the alternative name for criminals who run con games, usually for a lot of money. For this installment, Leroy will organize a scheme to bring down a politician, but not only will he not get a lot of money, he will pay out of his own pocket to run the con. Why would he do this?

George, Leroy’s oldest son, was killed in Vietnam. Out of grief and resentment against the government, Leroy is looking for payback. District Attorney Bret Saxby, the epitome of an establishment figure, represents all that Leroy despises. Saxby was not in Leroy’s sights until he decided to prosecute Shaun, a band member and tenant staying in one of Leroy’s cottages. Starshine, Shaun’s girlfriend, and Leroy’s tenant asks for Leroy’s help. Once Leroy meets Saxby and the DA manages to offend Leroy with a sanctimonious and hard-edged righteous manner, Leroy decides to go on the attack.

So where is Kate? She is away from Leroy in self-imposed isolation awaiting the birth of her child. Forty-one years old and still in love with Leroy, she does not want to tell him because she feels Leroy is not father material. Leroy already has six other children with his legal wife, Adele and has done a fairly good job of ignoring most of them. Also, Kate is sure she is not good mother material. Kate does not appear much in this story except for occasional phone calls to Leroy. To prevent her character from being a non-sequitur, the author has her giving birth at the same time Neil Armstrong lands on the moon, Shaun’s band moons a crowd, and Saxby’s swat team raids a Lawrence Welk concert.

Birth—moon landing—moon shot—swat team. You will have to read the short story to see how the author ties these events together. And then there is a final surprise.

This short story did not covey the excitement I felt with the others. If I was not reading the series, I would not have any attachment to the characters. As a stand-alone novel/short story, I would give this two stars. Even with the connections, I feel to the characters due to reading the series, I give it only three stars. But I will go on to read other installments. I already know that Book Seven is good (I read it out of order). On to Book Eight.

 

 

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