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Publisher's Summary

Whatever had been going on inside the shuttered old house, the couple who lived there kept it to themselves. Among the locals, there's only chilling speculation.

Neighbors are shocked when Harold Pardee reports his wife dead. No one even knew the eccentric TV repairman was married. Within hours, horrible rumors spread about what that poor woman must have endured for 30 years. Until the Pardees' carefully guarded world is exposed. New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Haigh delivers an endearing short story about our misguided perception of strangers, the nature of love, and the need for secrets.

Jennifer Haigh's Zenith Man is part of Inheritance, a collection of five stories about secrets, unspoken desires, and dangerous revelations between loved ones. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single setting. By yourself, behind closed doors, or shared with someone you trust.

©2019 by Jennifer Haigh. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Gossip trumps secrets

In a small US town where Harold had lived for decades, people were quite shocked when he reported the death of his wife - no one even knew he was married, they’d certainly never seen her. Speculation runs riot as Harold is blamed for her death. This book is part of the stunning Inheritance Collection, five short books by different authors focusing on secrets. While I liked the gentle humour in this, I didn’t feel the story had the emotional sting or characterisation of the other three books I’ve read. However, great narrative performance by David Colacci!

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  • escoocoo
  • 30-12-2019

Not bad!

This was a good little story. A Very short story of one man’s exoneration after an incident occurs for which he appears guilty. I really enjoyed the easy slow pace of the narrator as he recounts the story. A good listen!

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  • RueRue
  • 23-12-2019

Poignant

A poignant short story. The author conveyed just enough detail to create a story of marital devotion.

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  • L. D. Roy the Junior
  • 07-04-2021

An Original Found Lacking

While I greatly enjoyed experiencing the extraordinarily talented narration by David Colacci, I found the story itself to be lacking in quite a few areas. Zenith Man, in my opinion, was simply too great a tale to be relegated to the confines of the Short Story Form. It was, I felt, a great disservice to not only the narrator's skills, but also the characters and overall potential of the story.

Jennifer Haigh is unquestionably a talented crafter of tales. This was my first experience with her writings, but from what I could ascertain, she possesses all of the traits essential to becoming an "A-List Writer." The believability of the characters, their distinctive differences, the dialogue, the main plot, subplots, etc., were, to a great extent, all wonderfully done. However, I found myself wanting...no, NEEDING more at practically every turn.

As an aspiring author myself, I tend to be "too generous," at times, when rating the efforts of others. I know the great passion and (sometimes greater) pains which are lovingly poured into each sentence, paragraph, and edit. I suppose what I'm trying to come to terms with is the frustratingly stubborn fact that EVERYTHING about this short pointed towards one very clear fact. The presented work, as a whole, was too potentially great to NOT be a COMPLETE, three hundred page plus NOVEL!

So, it was with a reluctantly heavy heart that I rated this story lower than I felt the characters,or the narrating, deserved. If, by chance, Jennifer happens to stumble upon this review, I offer this bit of unsolicited advice...
DO NOT SELL YOURSELF SHORT (no pun intended)!! Your abilities amazed me!! Even after "reading" this short story, and leaving a so-so review, I would, without hesitation, purchase a novel crafted by your hands ON NAME ALONE!

Endnote: Amazon, consider giving the authors of similar original shorts the extra time and resources (as desperately needed) to produce COMPLETE works. These stories should be allowed to progress unrestrained by "Big Business Fears" or bottom line questionings! Put more "resource faith" in the hands of such talented authors, and they WILL produce successful, profitable works which will be MORE than worthy enough to carry the "Amazon Originals" name!!

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  • Alina G.
  • 09-07-2020

Snoozefest

Boring story and the performer makes it even more so with a very monotone voice and absolutely no excitement, which might actuslly be the story's fault.

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  • gdm
  • 16-01-2021

enjoyed

well narrated. well told story . really a much needed read during these times

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  • Sweetendmilk
  • 20-11-2020

Just Okay

it was a short story but still okay if you're just trying to pass your driving time. I can say it had me intrigued . I wish the plot could have won a different direction

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  • 03-08-2020

Clearly this is the best

I continue to listen to this over and over. 😊 I believe it to be one of best short stories I have heard.

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  • BB
  • 25-06-2020

What was the point?

Interesting story that goes nowhere. I am giving three stars because it kept me engaged and wanting answers, but deducted two stars for not really delivering. There IS an answer provided but not to the question I asked after it was over, which was "why was this even written?"

I understand this story examines perceptions and how something can seem one way and be quite the opposite, but there isn't enough depth here to fully examine the concept.

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  • WMS
  • 16-05-2020

Meh

I found this book boring. It didn't really go anywhere, I don't understand why it was written.

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  • Admiralu
  • 20-03-2020

Similar to the Real Alvin Ridley Case


This story was inspired by real events. Most notably Alvin Ridley, accused of killing his wife as well. A strange and unusual man whom many didn't understand. Very similar to this book. A short, quiet tale about a man accused of killing his wife.

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