Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/15/2005

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 428
ISBN : 9781418489441

About the Book

A complete collection of all the short stories by John Pascal, some related, some not, about people and events in places around the world; stories of passion and pathos, love and hatred, vengeance and intrigue – in short “the human condition”– which reveal the well-traveled John Pascal’s intimacy with those places and with the men and women, and even the animals who inhabit them.


John Pascal is a master at portraying irony – as in “Digger Malloy,” the story of a man who unwittingly has a bizarre encounter with his estranged daughter.  The conclusion to this story will astound you, for Pascal also is adept at producing the surprise ending.  Another example of this ability is found in his prize-winning tale “A Fragile Vessel” where, as described in London’s The European, “ a Sicilian villa dark secrets bubble to the surface, ending an old friendship for ever.”


Follow the travels, adventures, mishaps, and intimacies of Desi Guerrero and his beautiful wife Sandy in three contiguous stories as they explore what Evelyn Waugh once called “that splendid enclosure” – the Mediterranean basin.


“The Maine Coon Cat and the Tiger Snake,” a tale in which a man seeks revenge from his late wife’s lover, is a lesson in the emotions of love and hatred.  This clever tale has an unforgettable climax, at the center of which is a gifted feline.


The Lakonia “  and its sequel “Tancredi” provide thrilling suspense and intrigue which while evocative of such venerable masters as E. Phillips Oppenheim and Eric Ambler are presented in the present-day world of international affairs and intrigue.


About the Author

After serving twenty years as a U.S. Army officer John Pascal taught English and political science at the university level in both Germany and Italy for eight years.  He has lived in the Far East and in Hawaii, and has traveled widely in Europe, Northern Africa, the Near East, and in South and Central America.  He began writing full-time in 1992.  In 1993 he won the élan short story prize in London’s The European; in 1995 his book of short stories, Antipodes 10, was published; in 1996 his poem, “Un Ballo in Maschera” won the Writer’s Digest first prize for non-rhymed poetry.  In 2000 his first novel, The Dartist, was published, followed by Antipodes 20,  another book of short stories.  A book of his essays, written under the name “Atticus Grammaticus,” will be published soon.  When not traveling he lives in the foothills of the Adirondacks.  John Pascal is his pen name.