The story focused on the killer/husband and the victim’s marriage.
A few years later I would come to know the lawyer who had been asked to defend the killer pro bono. Gilchrist’s key protagonists are usually brash and gifted women from eccentric southern families.
But the words she read were so luminous and funny that I felt compelled to look at those words on paper.
Yet I raced through the pages every night, not because I wanted to finish it, but because I wanted to learn what happened.I hope you can find some time to stake out a proper summer reading chair too (if you haven’t already) and then settle in with a cool drink and the warming sun on your face.Finally, consider these books to ramp up the pleasure on a perfect self-indulged summer day.Words like “lush”’ or “luminous” are not words someone would use to describe Gilchrist’s style.Ellen Gilchrist does however tell her stories like a seasoned dart thrower; her language is undecorated and plain like the old neighborhood pub and her sentences come at you in short speedy staccato throws. Somewhere somehow in the first years of the 1990s I came into possession of an early collection of Gilchrist short stories, one of which used Lincoln’s Zoo Bar as a partial setting and a real-life Lincoln murder as the subject of the story.