Strete’s words are not written in the clean overly-polished prose of today. They are sparse and firm. Strete says in his stories what he means and means what he says. And that is totally refreshing. Both mainstream and genre authors alike, I find, are too infatuated with the perfectly balanced sentence. It has relegated storytelling to the realm of the dead. Stories should be alive. Stories should haunt you and stay with you long after you finish reading them. Stories should, to quote Gioia Timpanelli, “show you the way.”If that's not enough to entice you, here's a positive review of If All Else Fails... by Gerald Jonas for the New York Times, which is also available for free on Christoph Endres' site.
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