Miller's Proposition

Henry Prunckun

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Abstract

Miller's Proposition is an intriguing game of cat-and-mouse with high stakes and a lady/tiger ending. The story is about an international financier who is in jail on remand. The evidence of his embezzlement is circumstantial, so he is hoping to be released soon. But the investigating officer arrives at the prison with news that he has located the defendant's co-conspirator. The interplay between the detective, the prisoner, and his solicitor in the visitors' centre results in a paradox the prisoner must choose between maintaining his silence or making a confession in order to save himself from a long jail sentence. What he does depends on what his accomplice does, but there is no way for the two to communicate. With a long period of incarceration hanging over his head, the prisoner is sweep with feelings of panic about what to decide - an apparent unsolvable paradox that also leaves the reader wondering what they might do if they were in his situation. "The lady, or the tiger?"
Original languageEnglish
Type12 page creative work of fiction
Media of outputPrint
PublisherLizard Skin Press
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationIngle Farm, South Australia
ISBN (Print)9780992456603
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameShort Story Anthology 2

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