“Murder Ballads” in Route 7 Review

by Jeff Fleischer

The annual edition of Route 7 Review by Dixie State University is out now, and includes “Murder Ballads,” a short story about the music genre.

An excerpt:

After brushing a few spare chips into a pile, the portly dealer took the top card from the deck and slapped it forcefully on the discard pile to burn it. He placed the next offering as the fifth card in the middle of the table, and flipped it. The eight of diamonds. If the tavern windows weren’t shut tight, Clive would have sworn he felt a breeze. He tried to keep his expression blank as he revisited his hand and scanned the faces of his opponents.

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