Philip Weck’s You Can’t Run Away

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Stories from Suspense Magazine #3 Fall 1951: “You Can’t Run Away” by Philip Weck

When a story starts strong and keeps getting better, you can’t help but stop for a moment to double-check who the writer is. It’s a name you want to remember. For technique alone—wonderfully, smooth transitions from second to first person and back again—this story’s a killer. A war veteran returns to his hometown and finds his perception of things has changed more than the people and the place. Except for the murder—and that changes everything.

With a little searching I was delighted to find Weck’s stories appeared in dozens of pulps and digests from 1947–1961, including Manhunt, Trapped, and Triple Detective. I’m looking forward to reading more of his work.