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The Night of the Long Knives

The Night of the Long Knives - Fritz Leiber This is an early post-apocalyptic story (somewhat on the short side). Lone scavengers live in no-man land obsessed by urge to kill anybody they meet. The main anti-hero of the story is one such scavenger. He met a scavenger girl; such meetings usually end up in a period of sex after which one of the partners kills the other. However, they stumbled upon an old guy who tried to preach a different (more peaceful) way of leaving. Is there any hope of redemption for such people?

This is fairly short and brutal story, decent enough for 3 stars.