Francis W. Porretto was born in 1952. Things went steadily downhill from there.Fran is an engineer and fictioneer who lives on the east end of Long Island, New York. He's short, bald, homely, has bad acne and crooked teeth. His neighbors hold him personally responsible for the decline in local property values. His life is graced by one wife, two stepdaughters, two dogs, four cats, too many power tools to list, and an old ranch house furnished in Early Mesozoic style. His 12,000 volume (and growing) personal library is considered a major threat to the stability of the North American tectonic plate.Publishing industry professionals describe Fran's novels as "Unpublishable. Horrible, but unpublishable all the same." (They don't think much of his short stories, either.) He's thought of trying bribery, but isn't sure he can afford the $3.95.Fran's novels "Chosen One," "On Broken Wings," "Shadow Of A Sword," "The Sledgehammer Concerto," "Which Art In Hope," and "Freedom's Scion" are also available as paperbacks, through Amazon. Check the specific pages for those books for details.Volunteer for Fran's latest quixotic attempt to raise the quality bar for indie fiction, at "Worldwide Independent Fiction Writers Association:" wifwa.org.Wallow in his insane ranting on politics, culture, and faith at "Liberty's Torch:" bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/And of course, write to him, on whatever subject tickles your fancy, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Object Of His Affectionby Francis W. Porretto
In a little storefront on a side Manhattan street, a nameless old man keeps a shop. His customers don't pay him for the dusty, battered items on his shelves, but for the wonders he can do with them...not all of which are good. Into his shop wanders widower and corrupt retail inspector Carl Harris, wearing a wedding ring the shopkeeper will surely covet for the… See more details below
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In a little storefront on a side Manhattan street, a nameless old man keeps a shop. His customers don't pay him for the dusty, battered items on his shelves, but for the wonders he can do with them...not all of which are good. Into his shop wanders widower and corrupt retail inspector Carl Harris, wearing a wedding ring the shopkeeper will surely covet for the power stored within it...
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Good story with a surprise ending.
Harris had entered an antique kinda of a shop. But this person did not have a cash register in this place. This person just collects a lot of stuff for a hobby and that was it. Harris was once married but Amanda died for years ago. He was still wearing he wedding ring when he was sleeping in this old man's apartment. The old man must of taken his ring off of his finger when he was asleep. He had found the shop keeper and he gave back Harris's wedding band back to him. I enjoyed this novel. ShelleyMA
The author is excellent but the "story he tells is terrible!! No heart
Well written very short story, but to what end? Disturbing at best........
24 pages of potent reading! I didnt expect what happened. Dont give up keep reading.