Stories from Suspense Magazine #3 Fall 1951: “Rip Tide” by Russell Branch
Branch wrote science fiction as well as crime stories. He seems to have enjoyed adding a few poetic passages to this one, a murder mystery lurking just below the surface. Some of its passages call too much attention to the writing, but others are quite crisp: “Lora Walton took me like a slug of gin, on that hot empty afternoon.”
Branch’s work often appeared in pulp magazines, but his novel “Time Flaw” made it into the pages of the Other Worlds digest in Jun/Jul 1951.
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