It’s been said that happiness writes white, and if unhappiness makes for good stories, then the collision of human impulses that creates crimes also produces some of the best dramas to be found. The stories here variously illustrate the choices, the helplessness before fate, the grace or despair that occur when the worst happens.
He awoke on the couch with her standing over him.
“Let him rot! He’s got what he deserved!”
Alone in a little room, nothing but that big gun in my face.
He flew into two pieces, head one way and tail another.