sunnuntai 25. maaliskuuta 2018

Eight The Hard Way

Alkuteos: A Killer Thriller Collection - Eight The Hard Way (2013)
Toimittaja: Nick Stephenson
Ilmestymisaika: 2013 (ko.painos)
Sivumäärä: 261
Kustantaja: WJ Books Ltd.
Muoto: e-kirja (EPUB)
Peukku: ^^b
Lukuhaaste 2018: 25. Novellikokoelma (17/50)
Sopisi lukuhaasteeseen ainakin: -
Hyllynlämmittäjä: 14

*Eight thrilling stories from eight masters of suspense:

Paydown by Nick Stephenson (95s)
When a high-frying Wall Street investment banker is found brutally killed, what started out as a
simple fraud case turns into expert criminologist Leopold Blake’s first ever murder investigation.

As the glamor of Wall Street is stripped away by a series of catastrophic discoveries, Leopold will
have to decide how much he is prepared to risk in order to uncover the truth - and whether it’s a
price he’s willing to pay.

Off the Leash by David Vandyke (30s)
There’s not much left that can surprise private investigator California “Cal” Corwin any more,
especially since the accident. But after a brutal murder leaves the city’s best detectives stumped,
Cal must step up her game and find answers before it’s too late - and the clock is ticking…

Mr. Mockingbird Drive by Robert Swartwood (8s)
Julio and Tyshawn are far from professional thieves, but they get by. After weeks spent researching
the perfect mark, the boys are ready to strike - and the payout is going to be unbelievable…

Mr. Mockingbird Drive is a cleverly deceptive piece of flash fiction. The story first featured in Needle:
A Magazine of Noir, Winter 2012.

Ladies’ Weekend by Ryan King (23s)
A trip to the Gulf Shores with her three sisters-in-law was not exactly Cathy’s idea of a good time.
With a dark secret to protect, a weekend stuck with the meddling Biddle sisters might have been too
much to bear - but, thankfully for Cathy, there’s nothing a little “medicine” can’t fix…

This delightfully twisted story was first published in 2012.

Veritas : Concubine by R. S. Guthrie (32s)
How far would you go to find the truth? Shale Veritas is not his real name, but that’s not important.
What’s important is why he’s taken an interest in you - and what you’ve done to deserve it…

This dark, atmospheric tale of revenge, justice, and redemption is not for the fainthearted. You have
been warned.

Divide and Conquer by Kay Hadashi (46s)
Nobody ever told June Kato that babysitting could be such hard work… As a world-class
neurosurgeon, June is used to dealing with high-pressure situations. But when a trio of violent thugs
invade her home while her four-year-old nieces are staying over, nap time suddenly takes on a
whole new meaning.

A thrill-ride from start to finish.

Recidivist by Alan McDermott (19s)
Something need to be done about Steven Howe. Even though he’s yet to see his twelfth birthday,
after 97 arrests the police and social services have had enough. Forced to attend a state-sponsored
retreat for troubled youths, Steven is about to find out just how far the government is prepared to go
to meet their targets - starting with him.

Return of the Bride by Micheal Maxwell (8s)
Tradition has it that Al-Qurnah is the site of the Garden of Eden. But for Phillip Sear, a man who has
lived with sin his entire life, it has an entirely different significance. On a journey to redeem himself
for a lifetime of selfish choices, Sear will finally learn how to keep his promises - but at what cost?*

Tämän kokoelman sisältämien novellien laatu ja kiinnostavuus vaihtelee. Osa on napakoita ja tiiviitä,
hyvin otteessaan pitäviä pikku-jännäreitä. Osa taas on pidempiä ja hidastempoisempia. Muutama
kiintoisa nimi jäi tästä itselle mieleen, joten heidän muitakin kirjoituksiaan voisi ehkä jossain
vaiheessa kokeilla. Sen sijaan ainut itselle tuttu kirjailija (jopa huiman yhden kirjan verran) osoitti
omaavansa ne samat ongelmat novellissa kuin mistä en pitänyt hänen romaanissaankaan.

Kuten Nick Stephenson esipuheessaan toteaa, antologiat ovat mainio tapa tutustua uusiin
kirjailijoihin. Niistä saa mukavia makupaloja kirjailijoiden tyyleistä ja hahmoista, joiden pohjalta voi
sitten valita sitä, mitä seuraavaksi voisi lukea.

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