Outside Work Detail

by chrisrhatigan

“Outside Work Detail,” by Scott Wolven in Controlled Burn. 

This is the second story in this short story collection in a section called “The Northeast Kingdom,” referring to a region of Vermont. It’s about Cooper, who gets transferred from a maximum security prison to a minimum security prison. He learns from another inmate that his release is imminent, but he has to guard this information if he wants to survive.

This is a solid piece of work — excellent writing, tons of detail, well researched, and Cooper is relatable. For whatever reason, I didn’t really for it, but I’ll certainly keep reading this collection. I was first turned on to Wolven by his story in the Crime Factory antho, which was one of my favorites, and I’m assuming there are others in here that I’ll dig.