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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
The short story Strawberry Sorbet: A Noir by Landon Wake is an entertaining piece. The story takes you back to the days when gumshoes and dames roamed the streets. When Detective Richard Hankins decides to take on Ms. Scarlett Strawberry’s case concerning her husband, he realizes he may just have found the Lamplight Slasher serial killer. The same killer that killed his son.
Strawberry Sorbet: A Noir may be a short story, but there is a lot going on in it. Wake wrote this story like an old fashioned detective novel, from the way Detective Hankins talks to the way Ms. Strawberry acts. I was taken back in time to when Dick Tracy was the in thing. Every scene I read I imagined in black and white. The story is very short, but Wake is able to move the action at a fast pace and not leave out important details.
I love surprise endings in stories and Wake did not disappoint me with his ending in this one. I sincerely hope that this is not the last I hear of Detective Richard Hankins. I can tell that his character has a lot of baggage that this story has not even begun to touch. I can only imagine what else is in store for him. If you enjoy old fashioned detective stories, then you should read Strawberry Sorbet: A Noir. Hopefully, I will read more of Detective Hankins’ adventures in the future. Landon Wake has gained a new fan in me.