There are nice drunks and there are mean drunks, and all the drunks in RETRIBUTION: Stories by John Fulton are nice drunks. They accidentally blind children by putting too much chlorine in the Y pool but they go home and set the table for dinner, hoping for some mercy. They scream at their kids on the phone but ultimately don't make trouble for their ex-wives when the wives sell off their antique cars in place of alimony payments. They take their kids skiing and invite friends to dinner. In short, they mean well. And they all try to escape retribution.
Fulton lives in a world that was once inhabited by Raymond Carver, but it's not quite as depressing