In this collection of stories, Rob Barbee has created a coterie of memorable characters: good people whose ill-timed choices lead to volatile situations. In the title story, a young woman is jilted by her fiancé in desolate, dusty West Texas, left two thousand miles from home with nothing but her purse. Daisy’s unlikely savior is a man who has plenty of his own problems, and little patience for her brassy attitude. When she finally accepts his help, the comic banter they share on the road can’t possibly prepare them for the dire decisions that lie ahead.
In “Bacon Hawk,” a grill chef is enlisted as a reluctant Good Samaritan. He reaps a stunning reward for his kindness, but before he has a chance to revel in it, he suffers an unexpected disappointment at the hand of his rewarder.
“The Sacrificial Husband” features a wife who drives her forbearing husband beyond the limits of his tolerance, resulting in dire consequences for both.
These stories and the rest of the collection will keep you reading, racing ahead, wondering what will happen next.
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Rob Barbee has traveled throughout the world, to almost seventy countries and all seven continents. In 1967, he flew fifty-one combat missions in Vietnam as a B-52 navigator. He is also an award-winning watercolor artist. Now retired from a long career in civil engineering, he lives with his wife in Greenville, South Carolina.