Heaven, Washington was not what Matt Cahill had expected when he turned his motorbike at the sign on the main highway, the perverse humor of a dead man going to Heaven striking him. It seemed out of time, a small town with a general store, a diner, and small wooden houses. The people were all dressed old style, the men jeans, flannel shirts and boots, the women, some the same, others in dresses and boots. No tee shirts or athletic shoes in evidence, even with the young folks.
The really odd thing was the banner strung across the street that read WELCOME HOME MATT.
Matt sensed that something wasn’t right in this small town and all he wanted to do was leave. But the woman, Joan Delaney, the friendliest of the folks, whispered, “Help me!” He knew then that he wasn’t going to be able to leave until he figured out what was going on here. How he didn’t know.
Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin have crafted an interesting series here, combining elements of the old men’s adventure novels from the seventies with a touch of horror. It’s working well and they’ve invited other writers into their playground.
I’m looking forward to more of these stories. Short quick reads, they are a lot of fun.