A Countdown to Death by Dierdre Verne

by Barb Goffman

From the anthology Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices (L & L Dreamspell 2011)

100/366

An elderly man is in the hospital, but he’s determined to come home before the new year. He asks his friend to tell everyone about his goal. It seems a simple enough request, but sometimes things aren’t what they seem.

I had to read this story twice to get it. First time, as I read it, I thought the author was all over the place, things didn’t make sense, the character wasn’t acting realistically, etc. Then I got to the end and thought, Oh. Then I read it again, knowing the twist, and it really worked. An interesting read.

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