One thing that I loved about The Colorado Kid as a read was the characters discussion of the musta-been thinking in relation to the unknown and peoples perception of events surrounding the unexplained. Here is how this kind of thinking goes: an event occurs – lights in the sky, mass suicide by poisoning at a picnic, what have you – and people imaginations start working on the must-know aspect of any good mystery – the whodunit. The whodunit inevitably leads to the musta-been. For example, in The Colorado Kid the characters re-tell the story of a poisoning at a church picnic that has gone unsolved. Now, even though it is unsolved the people in town have come to learn some facts about some of the victims of the poisoning that might hint at who done it. Like the fact that pastor of the church had an affair with one of the members of his congregation. The pastor and this particular church goer both were victims of the poisoning, leading some to speculate that this church member might have poisoned herself and then the pastor in an elaborate murder-suicide.
The important thing to note here is that for any story that even has the slightest bit of mystery surrounding it always leads to a great story, a story that damn nears writes itself as people will always fill in the missing details. This of course relates hugely to what I am trying to accomplish here with this blog. The ultimate goal is to write a story that not only has good writing and a good plot and characters, but also lets the readers imagination run free and fill in the blanks of the tale that I am trying to spin.
And now on to the summery of The Colorado Kid.
The story is simple, really, not to mention unusual. You see, the plot centers around three characters working at a small Maine newspaper who get to talking about a man found dead on one of the local beaches many years before and how who he was was a mystery for almost two years. At which time, it was discovered that he was from Colorado, although the mystery deepens when the three characters discuss how the man ended up dead in Maine and did he even have enough time to make the trip from Denver to a small island of the coast. In the end it is decided that it certainly is possible, but only if the circumstances of travel were in his favor that day, and even then it would be close.
The story ends with no real insight into how the man dies – natural death or murder – but the plot was effective in getting the wheels of my imagination turning as the characters sat around and discussed all the unusual aspects surrounding the story.
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