Book: Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart by Mitchell Waldmancategories: Book, Literary Fiction, Short Stories, Fiction, Mainstream Fiction, Stories, Crime Fiction
Mitchell Waldmanabout this book: Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart is a short story collection describing crimes in the literal sense, as well as in the emotional sense. Not only does it deal with petty offenders but with crimes of a personal nature, such as the man in "The Nazi Next Door" who learns one evening, over a fence, that his neighbor's father collaborated with the Nazis during World War II. And the mother in "Fortunate Son," whose son goes missing in action while on duty in Iraq, or the father in "The Duke of Broad Street," who, twenty years after abandoning his daughter, shows up on her doorstep harboring a deep secret. Or the man in "A Ghost in Manhattan" who, during a lunch break, believes he sees his dead girlfriend in a crowd, walking the streets of Manhattan. These are stories about ordinary people who find themselves caught up in extraordinary circumstances, and having to deal with not only crimes of the ordinary type but the sometimes much more potent crimes of the heart.
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