Deal Me In, Week 32 ~ “Diamonds Aren’t Forever”

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Hosted by Jay @ Bibliophilopolis

“Diamonds Aren’t Forever” by S. P. Somtow

Card picked: Five of Spades

From: David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible

Review: Marvin is a procurer of objets de’art visiting Thailand. Incongruously, Marvin’s very wealthy business partner has business somewhere else and leaves Marvin in the company of his wife, Midge. Nearly every day, a particular scene plays out. Midge loses a pair of very expensive earrings. She accuses the staff. She calls the police. The police find the staff innocent, and then Midge calls a shamaness of Shiva who manages to locate the earrings. This happens so often that the staff has the events down to a schedule.

Marvin sees opportunity in this diviner of lost things. Can she find the missing piece of a collection of tiles depicting Buddha? What about the Holy Grail? Or the Ark of the Covenant? But, as with any dealings with a god, there is a catch. Keeping the items relies on more than simply having them. After all, Midge can’t seems to keep those earrings around for more than a day or two…

“Diamonds Aren’t Forever” is solidly told, maybe one of the more complete short stories I’ve read in a while. Marvin is forced to really consider what he wants to find, and it isn’t just priceless artifacts.

About the Author: I was vaguely familiar with S. P. Somtow as a horror writer. Indeed, he was president of the HWA back around the time I was a member of that organization. I had no idea that he is Thai and also a musician/composer. If anything, these Copperfield anthologies (and Deal Me In) have more formerly introduced me to many multifaceted writers.