Unloaded: Volume 2

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Unloaded V2 from editor Eric Beetner is a dark and troubling collection of crime stories (this is the second in the series) that seek to abate some of the gun violence that troubles the nation. Beetner found crime writers who would tell crime stories in which guns were not used. The book contains more than twenty stories written pro bono that explore this controversial subject. Beetner is not challenging the Second Amendment here, but there have been many innocent victims involved, and we need a more sensible approach to crime in this country. Famed crime writer Sara Paretsky concurs and writes in the introduction that 30,000 people are victims of gun violence every year, two thirds of which are suicides. The costs for healthcare, incarceration, and related things exceeds two hundred billion dollars every year, which could have been used to alleviate some of the problems that lead to this. Information technology that could allow us to know more about gun users might be able to narrow the national problem.

These are well-written stories with interesting perspectives and narratives twists. Though they are mostly told from the perspectives of transgressors. In many cases, these stories are told by wronged parties who seek their own justice, but here without the easy use of a gun. There is a real dark human nature presented in this anthology that is troubling and worrisome, a reminder that there are people who would use guns if they had them. There could have been stories about people making peace among themselves, with one of the remedies available being mediation between angered parties rather than all the revenge. Some readers, writers, and victims might have appreciated this, but these are stories about crime and perpetrators rather than reconciliation.

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Author Eric Beetner, Editor
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 286 pages
Publisher Down & Out Books
Publish Date 2018-Jul-16
ISBN 9781946502599
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Issue October 2018
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller


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