Book Review: And What Would You Do?

By Herzie Santos


And What Would You Do is a collection of contemporary short fiction by Harold J. Fischel. The book contains 10 stories that deal with very difficult situations. Some issues tackled are hit-and-run, human trafficking, sexual assault, insurgency, and homicide.


All the stories are great! The stories impart life lessons that a person can get from sticky situations. I think the primary message of the book is that the truth will always come out in the end. Also, I learned a lot of legal facts and information that I never knew before.

My favorite story is, “Run, Tommy, Run.” Tommy commits homicide to save his mom from an assault and leaves before the police arrests him. He disguises himself and travels as far as he can. He goes out of the country and into a series of extraordinary adventure where he meets good and bad people. If there’s a short story I would pick to turn into a novel, it would be this one because it is very exciting and suspenseful. Tommy just keeps on running away and in doing so, he travels from U.S. to East Africa in a yacht!

I’m giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. I hate to give this rating because I really enjoyed reading it and wanted so much to give it a perfect score. The only thing that’s holding me back is its poor editing. Overall, the stories are very informative, inspiring, and they inculcate values. I recommend this book to ALL readers who love crime stories.

Review by Sally McAlinden:

I’ve read several of the stories and like them. I was waiting for a friend at the hospital and it was a bloody perfect short read. And another I was waiting for a late Grandkid drop off. Hal, I love them! I knew they were short stories. And at least 2 of them ended and had me finishing the next chapter in my head. Wasn’t that the point? Character and plot development in a 20 minute read asks the reader to think. Good job and I hope you keep teasing your readers with your short stories.

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