It's the mid-1990s and Nick Redpath has some issues to resolve. Like why he is relentlessly drawn back to a circle of old friends and enemies — and an old love — in his seaside birthplace in north Essex. And why he won't let himself fall in love again. But first he must prove that he didn't murder his old flame, Geraldine Wyse...
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.
Anna is one of the invisible people. She fled her own country when the police murdered her brother and her father, and now she serves your food, cleans your table, changes your bed, and keeps the secrets of her past well hidden.
When she used her medical school experience to treat a man with a gunshot wound, Anna thought it would be a way to a better life. Instead, it leads to a world of people trafficking, prostitution, murder and the biggest decision of Anna's life: how much is she prepared to give up to be one of us?
Shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger award, One of Us is a novel by award-winning writer Iain Rowan.
Sometimes when you fall over you don't get up again. And sometimes, you get up to find everything has changed:
An ordinary man who sees his face in a tabloid newspaper. A soldier haunted by the images of those he has killed from afar. Two petty criminals on the run from a punishment more implacable than either of them can imagine. Doppelgängers both real and imaginary. A tranquil English village where those who don't fit in really aren't welcome, and a strange hotel where second chances are allowed... at a price.
Ten stories of unease, fear and the weird from James Everington.
More than 30 stories and poems from an author described by SF Site as "one of the most delightful, original, and varied new writers on hand".
A landmark collection of short fiction from a dazzling new talent. The stories range from sharp satire, through fairytale and tall tale, science fiction and fantasy, to passionate mainstream studies of life in modern Australia. Reading these stories, you quickly come to realise that you will be surprised, and surprised again.
Follow the seven scientists in search of a great theory, naturally enough (and it does seem natural in this author's hands) in a forest teeming with great theories; follow Werner, who creates intricate living machines while Gretina knits for the needy, a quite extraordinary love story where the everyday is always juxtaposed with the fantastic and real magic is never far from the surface. Flip from the whimsy of Robert Louis Stevenson's travels through the Cévennes as told by his donkey, to fears and a distorted sense of scale seen as only a child can see. Journey from a tough Australian farming community to a seaside retirement colony, to a 1970s alternative community, to rural Iowa and beyond.
Prepared to be unprepared. Be careful in here: there is an author at play within these pages. Anna Tambour is having fun with you and she has a wicked sense of humour.
Includes 17,000 words of bonus material.
Chosen in two categories (Collection and Novelette) in the Locus 2003 Recommended Reading List.