John P. Murphy. The Liar. (Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2016)

fsf160304The editorial intro suggests that this is a story that you would get if one Garrison Keillor wrote a Stephen King story. Suffice to say, Keillor’s fame has not spread to the UK, so I’ll just content myself by suggesting that it is indeed quite like a Stephen King story, as I recall them from the 80s when he still wrote quite a few of them.

Curmudgeonly Greg lives alone in New Hampshire, and has a special hidden talent that he is called upon when a dark secret about the local community comes to light (there’s always a death in the town on November 5th…..). Greg investigates and has to use his way with words to convince the person responsible that the time has come for this annual event to stop.

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