Pocket Change

A Ray Boon Mystery Novella

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 06/20/2015
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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

Jack Bannister performed his usual routine; he got his coffee and his daily newspaper, but no one noticed that today he did something different - he committed suicide. As he began to fall backward into the water, he was taking pictures with his camera of his last journey. In his pocket were two mason jars filled with coins to weigh down his body. In Pocket Change by Duncan Putney, Jack Bannister was said to be someone that just blended in with the background because he was shy and quiet. So it was not strange that he was not missed, nor did anyone see him commit suicide. But why did Jack do this? Duncan takes us on a journey through the character, Ray Boon, who is a writer and author. Ray was unable to pen his next novel because Jack's suicide continued to haunt him. Ray wondered was life so unbearable for Jack that ending his life was the only answer? Ray felt that once he found the answers perhaps his inner voice would cease speaking to him and he would then be able to finish his novel. Was this really the answer to Ray’s dilemma? Did he finally get the answers that he sought about Jack’s suicide?

Pocket Change by Duncan Putney is a great short story. We are around people every day; some appear to be more isolated than others, while others just merely seem to fade into the background. There are others that we see but do we really know them? As Duncan began to weave the elements of this story, I became one with Ray Boon on his quest for discovery. On the surface, Jack appeared to be okay, but internally he was suffering. Each step that Ray Boon took helped to open up the doors to other elements of the story and new discoveries. If you like intriguing books, pick up a copy of Pocket Change by Duncan Putney.