Originally published in the excellent anthology, On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir, Bill Crider’s very good and very dark tale “Piano Man” is now available as a short story. Somewhere near Fort Laramie in the year 1880 there sits a place known as the “Bad Dog Saloon.” It is the home for a man who forsook nearly everything else because of the booze. He is known as the “piano man” and most don’t pay any attention to him in the corner of the saloon as their focus is on drinking, gambling, and the whores.
Then, in the wake of a card game that went very wrong for at least one of the participants he got an idea. It wasn’t a particularly good idea, but it took over and slowly became an obsession. An obsession, much like his obsession with alcohol, is going to change everything.
Material was picked up during a recent author promotion for my use in an objective review.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2014