Pure Slaughter Value: Stories

By Robert Bingham

In his remarkable debut assortment, Pure Slaughter Value, Robert Bingham tracks the sense of right and wrong of a iteration that grew up expert, privileged, and starved for which means. Bingham's unusual feel of morbid fancy collides with a gutsy realism; the result's well suited wreckage: a tender guy is seduced through his first cousin (or perhaps it is the wrong way round) at her brother's wake ("The different Family"); a bored couple plot to kill a guy in the course of their ski-resort honeymoon ("Marriage Is Murder"); a yuppie banker hazards his entire excellent existence for an affair with a junkie ("The Fixers"); an insurance-company bounty hunter tracks down walk-aways from drug and alcohol rehab ("Preexisting Condition"); and within the name tale, an eleven-year-old boy is stuck on the exquisitely uneasy intersection of the protection of early life play and the soreness of grown-up love and longing.

These lean, powerful tales are totally unique, and but through turns remember Salinger, of their highbrow acuity, emotional intensity, and depraved, darkish humor; Fitzgerald, of their vibrant chronicling of a brand new, stressed social elite; and the paintings of "transgressive" writers, of their pervasive experience of the upcoming risk of probability and violence, even within the so much civilized atmosphere. especially, the tales in Pure Slaughter Value mark the debut of a impressive new literary voice--unsparing, daring, ironic, and true--that will hang-out us for a very long time to come back.

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