When Joe Kuhring win the Idaho State lottery, he thinks his best days are to come. Only a short time later, Kuhring is preparing to murder a woman he barely knows and then kill himself. Kuhring believes this is the only way to atone himself. Harvest recounts the journey that leads Kuhring first to Las Vegas, where tries to live as a professional gambler, and then onto Spokane, Washington and his association with a crooked lawyer. At each stop, nothing works out the way Kuhring intends and the consequences of his misdeeds mount. It is when Kuhring leaves Spokane, intending to vanish, that his greatest adventure begins. In his only novel not set in Detroit, William Theodore Clemmons has created the classic picaresque tale filled with fascinating characters and plot twists that asks the question: Why don't bad things happen to bad people?
Michael Gilbert was never afraid in his stories to attack unnecessary and pettifogging bureaucracy, not to cover up the seedier side of the law, or fail to show that justice does not always prevail. Nonetheless, this was always done with his hallmark wit and dry humour, and the general themes can be found in ’Stay of Execution and Other Stories of…
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