Stories in Rogues – “Bad Brass” by Bradley Denton

I think I’m starting to find that I enjoy stories set in the modern world more than I thought. I guess maybe I just haven’t read that much in that setting–that setting, or, our setting? Hmm. I don’t know. Either way, I’m off topic. Would you believe me if I said that Denton is able to make a story about a back-woods High School substitute teacher, some band geeks, their instruments, and an estranged Mexican banda player immersive and engrossing?

Denton draws you in right away, and you quickly learn that this substitute teacher spends his time out of class ripping off little douchebag high-schoolers and their ill-conceived schemes. Utterly hilarious in an oddly pathetic yet relatable way. Matt–our sub–will tell you (numerous times) that he’s pulled off bigger schemes, against more threatening folk, but, well … pics or it didn’t happen, Matt. That’s all I’m saying.

This story will suck you in and you will definitely want to know what happens next, and how it all wraps up. It’s believable, interesting, and well written. Definitely give this one a read.