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After Midnight

A Short Story Collection

A family destroyed by a house fire. A badly scarred boy plays the fire out of a banjo. A middle-aged bare-knuckle fighting champion learns some prizes are worth more than money. An orphan boy who steals to feed his hunger, and not just for food. A pretty young girl home from the big city wearing a ruby necklace and matching earrings harboring a terrible tale.

As the flag goes up each morning at a National Cemetery a crew works to maintain the graves of  deceased veterans. What secrets do they uncover?  

These stories are as gentle as a punch to the gut, as subtle as a slug of morning bourbon. Yet in an authentic, often tender way, reveal a vibrant, yet violent America that provides insights into the news headlines of today.