At three pages long, it reads strongly of “Good people are alive, bad people are caught, gotta wrap this up because the paper goes to press at 3 p.m.”
It also has a touch of It’s a Wonderful Life, because Our Hero Joe has his long hospital stay paid for by the cast of colorful characters, so that’s sweet. Then he gets engaged to the Plucky Waitress Mary and continues his life in the oil fields, the end.
Literally, it has “THE END” centered and capitalized. Across the decades you can hear him think “Finally, I can say I finished my novel. Time for a drink.”