Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Avenger, by Albert E. Cowdrey

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Modern Fantasy; William Warlock) Jeanne hires Mr. Warlock because no normal attorney could cope with the problems her late husband’s crooked relatives are causing her. (10,220 words; Time: 34m)

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"The Avenger," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 03-04|17, published on by .

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Pro: By the end, her problems are resolved and the county is a better place. Even the sheriff seems to have reformed.

The interaction between the sheriff and his crooked relatives are consistently amusing. “You can’t kill someone who has money.”

Con: Mr. Warlock’s supernatural interventions are so powerful that it never seems like the bad guys really have a chance. It’s a bit of a surprise that the bad guys don’t come up with their own supernatural response.

The relationship between Jeanne and Mr. Warlock feels forced.

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1 comment (may contain spoilers):

  1. Felt like the bad guys as bumbling rednecks was laid on a little thick. Jeanne and Warlock ending up together seemed weird too.

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