Eleven stories originally published in magazines like Hitchcocks and Ellery Queen's. A collection that includes a story that won the Derringer Award for Best Short Story, and a story that ended up as the start of a novel shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger award.
Look out for posts here throughout September on each of the stories in the collection: what the inspiration was behind each story, what I learned from writing them, what's happened to the stories since original publication, violence in the bucolic Kent countryside, why not to get stuck beside me during a bank robbery, and how to avoid some of the all-time classic con tricks.
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Here's what some kind people have said:
"During the five years that I published Hardluck Stories, One Step Closer and Moth were two of my favorite stories. I loved the nuances and true heartfelt emotion that Iain filled his stories with, and Iain quickly became a must read author for me--everything I read of Iain's had this tragic, and sometimes, horrific beauty filling it, and was guaranteed to be something special."
(Dave Zeltserman, author of Outsourced, and Washington Post best books of year Small Crimes and Pariah)
"A short story writer of the highest calibre."
(Allan Guthrie, author of Top Ten Kindle Bestseller Bye Bye Baby, winner of Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year)
"Iain Rowan is both a meticulous and a passionate writer, and these stories showcase his ample talent wonderfully well. You owe it to yourself to discover Rowan's fiction if you haven't already had the pleasure."
(Jeff Vandermeer, author of Finch, Shriek:An Afterword, City of Saints and Madmen; two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award)
"Iain Rowan's stories never fail to surprise and delight, and just when you think you know what will happen next, you realize how much you've been caught unaware."
(Sarah Weinman, writer, critic, reviewer, columnist for the Los Angeles Times and News Editor for Publishers Marketplace)
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