Receiving ten grand as down payment on a hit isn't that much of a surprise to Carlos Morales. After all, arranging contract killings is his business. But he never expected that someone might want his mother dead!
What's equally troubling is the fact that the anonymous package arrived addressed to 'Charlie'. Only two people call him by that name: his wife and his mother. Has his wife just hired him to whack her mother-in-law? Or is his mother just looking for some help to put an end to her misery? Or maybe there's another answer entirely.
One thing's for sure: Carlos is about to find out.
Carlos Morales is not a killer. He's just an intermediary. He makes arrangements for someone else to do the killing.
One day he receives a note together with a bundle of cash for such a job, but he is shocked. The note is addressed to 'Charlie' giving instructions to eliminate Valerie Anderson. Now only his wife and mum call him Charlie and Valerie Anderson is his mother! Is this a sick joke? Who wants his mother dead?
This is a short story that starts off in a very interesting and promising way, but which unfortunately gets increasingly confusing as it progresses. By the end I could not understand what was happening. The ending was disappointing and just made no sense at all.