Costa Blanca and Other Stories by Raymond Fraser

I always enjoy reading Ray’s novels and short stories and this book is no exception. It is one of his earlier works and his characters Walt Macbride and his friend Sully will be familiar to his longtime readers. The Costa Blanca novella is entertaining, covering the time when Walt and Eva were together and he was still writing. Then, a few years later everything has changed on a return trip to Spain (“Return to Costa Blanca”). Walt has had a ‘vision’ on the way to the Bannonbridge dump and is sure a return trip to Spain will be the answer to all his problems. He is off booze, but slowly and surely finds ingenious ways to seek it out to deal with his various issues (paranoia being one). I found this portion of the book very well written in the Ray Fraser style I have come to appreciate over the years.
Also included is “The Heart Sound” a brief play or skit about some local losers trying to get into the music business with the aid of a case of beer and a bottle of rum.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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James M. Fisher is the owner and editor-in-chief of The Miramichi Reader. The Miramichi Reader (TMR) —Canada’s best-regarded source for the finest in new literary releases— highlights noteworthy books and authors across Canada from coast to coast to coast (est. 2015). James works and resides in Miramichi, New Brunswick with his wife and their dog.

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