Saturday, July 28, 2018

Tumblebush, by Darby Harn

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Climate Change) A hard-boiled private investigator hunts for a missing rich girl in the flooded ruins of Manhattan. (3,849 words; Time: 12m)

"Tumblebush," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 276, published on by .

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Pro: As with any good hard-boiled mystery, there’s danger and excitement and a surprising twist that you might have seen coming.

The descriptions of the squalor are vivid and gripping.

Con: The evil corporation with more money than the government isn’t believable. The biggest companies have annual profits under $100 billion/year but government spending is 70 times that much. If the government couldn’t afford to help refugees, it’s a cinch private companies couldn’t do it and yet turn a profit too.

The story doesn’t “ground” the protagonist soon enough. We’re just two chapters from the end before we find out that Tumblebush is male.

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