Stephen King Stories You Ought To Know

The Death of Jack Hamilton

“As a kid, I was fascinated by tales of the Depression-era outlaws, an interest that probably peaked with Arthur Penn’s remarkable Bonnie and Clyde.”-SK

This is one of those shorts ( King’s 2002, Everything’s Eventual, collection) where King showcases that he’s a well-versed writer, not a horror writer like most people outside his fandom like to tag him. So when King writes a story about a member of John Dillinger’s gang slowly dying from a gunshot wound, of course I’m going to read it…and like it.

This story is simplictic. It’s not balls to the wall nor is it chalk full of Depression Era nostalgia. The story is about Dillinger gang member, Jack Hamilton, dying from the bullet that is lodged in his lung during a shoot out. After being refused treatment by Joseph Moran, a Depression Era gangster doctor who operates under the radar, Dillinger and his boys try to find a place to lay low and maybe get Hamilton some help. But the truth of the matter is that Jack is dying and the reality of that is horrible not only for him, but the rest of the gang. They all know that it’s just a matter of time.

The story is about the realities of being outside the law. What happens to men that are wanted fugitives who are mortally wounded and can’t see a straight-up doctor? In this short, we get to hear the accounts of Jack Hamilton’s final hours…

The Death of Jack Hamilton- 3/5 (Very Good)


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