The Pirate of Palm Beach by Ted Bell
by Barb Goffman
From the anthology The Rich and the Dead (Grand Central Publishing 2011)
This story is set in glitzy Palm Beach, where yachts dock for The Season and the wealthy throw parties for their friends and give extravagant gifts. It’s also the place where an anonymous gossip monger snoops into everyone and everything, but he has secrets of his own. In this story there is theft and conspiracy and lies and secrets. Some of which are kept and some of which are outed. The ending comes with a twist, but not one that you could see coming from anything that happened on the page, which, I have to say, made the story less enjoyable.