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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
“I’ll be honest—not that I always am—while I take pride in the quality of my work, I don’t take any special pleasure out of it. I just do what the Boss tells me, and I don’t ask questions. And I’ll admit, I even feel kind of disappointed when I complete a job successfully, like I wish I’d failed.” An unscrupulous banker, Jayden Taylor, is shocked to find a mysterious man who called himself The Persuader－which also titles this short story by Shaul Behr－in his apartment. He gives Jayden Taylor two choices; accept a lucrative offer in exchange for his disloyalty to his bank, or simply die.
The rumination on greed and the materialistic nature of people against their faith and morality is deftly incorporated and developed into the plot, despite the short length of the story. The subject matter itself will surely engage readers' full attention. Apart from the succinct narrative and clean prose, the realistic context is one of the strengths of The Persuader. That said, the pious tone of the plot might alienate some readers. Regardless of what one takes away from this story, at least we are aware that there are many ‘persuaders’ out there, trying to pit ourselves against our own ethics. Hopefully, we’ll make the right choices for the sake of our souls. All in all, this is a brief but entertaining tale from Behr. I look forward to reading more of his work in this genre.