Friday, 1 July 2011

Nowhere To Go - Iain Rowan

Synopsis - An ordinary man who finds himself caught up in a bank raid gone wrong. A murder caught on security camera where the victim doesn't exist. A man with just months to live, who is already living in hell but decides to take on the devil. A mob accountant babysitting a hired killer on a trip to the countryside, and a burglar on an easy job who finds it might not be so easy after all. A con-artist conned, and what a man will do when in the grip of an obsession more important to him than his own life.

Eleven crime stories first published in Alfred Hitchcock's, Ellery Queen's, and elsewhere by award-winning writer Iain Rowan. Eleven stories of what people do when there is nowhere left to go.

Iain's short fiction has been reprinted in Year's Best anthologies, won a Derringer Award, and been the basis for a novel shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger award.  (Taken from Goodreads)

ReviewI won this e-book from LibraryThing Members Giveaways.  Before I commence my review I will admit that in the past I have not been impressed with short stories.  I have read some that were not well written and others where I have just got into the story as it ends - leaving the reader feeling shortchanged.  To be fair to Iain Rowan he sets the scene quickly and the story has evolved well before it ends.

This is a collection of short crime stories.  The title of the book Nowhere To Go is the central theme of each short story in the book.  It is grim reading, focussing on the lower end of life.  Stories about burglars, murderers, con artists, blackmailers, and junkies etc.  They are well written and if you like this style of book, then it is well worth a read.  It is not my cup of tea but I would not rule out reading other books by this author.  3*

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