“Dot Matrix” by Jack Binding

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“Dot Matrix” by Jack Binding

I stumbled across this short story on Amazon and I’m really glad I did. As mentioned by another reviewer, it reminds me more of an episode of “The Twilight Zone” structurally. Fast paced page turner with strong, consistent voice from the author and well-painted characters. Best of all, the story isn’t told to you. You’ll be inside the protagonist’s head, and experience the story, not just read it. Perhaps you too will want to “euthanize” Ross Baker. Who could blame you?

FWIW, I’m typically more of a thriller/suspense reader. Seeing the cover and “horror” listed as on of the categories might have caused me to slide right on by to the next book. I’m not sure what the proper category would/should be, but the strength of “Dot Matrix” is the structure of the story, the highs and lows we get to experience along with Lawrence, and the cleverness of it all. Maybe it’s my preconceived bias that “horror” often has gratuitous and excess violence/gore—I’ve read a few—but there’s none of that here. As such, I think “Dot Matrix” will appeal to a very wide audience.

I’ve always been fascinated by stories where, in a moment of weakness, the main character (think Michael Douglas in “Fatal Attraction” telling Glenn Close, “OK” at lunch, essentially tipping off the first domino). In “Dot Matrix,” the lead character pushes over a domino, causing an inevitable and unstoppable sequence of events. I think you’ll like finding where they lead.

DISCLOSURE: I do not personally know the author nor do I have a connection with or interest in the book in any way.


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