Original Sins: The Crime Writers' Association Anthology

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An anthology of crime from a distinguished selection of British writers - A verger?s son, whose childhood playground was a graveyard, remembers a night best forgotten . . . Two drug addicts find that theft does not pay . . . A corrupt politician charges a curious vehicle to his expenses . . . The latest showcase of shorts from the CWA takes readers on a twisted route to the origin of evil: original sin. From a fish that can?t help but dispense his own kind of justice, to an assassin handling a misogynistic ...

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Overview

An anthology of crime from a distinguished selection of British writers - A verger’s son, whose childhood playground was a graveyard, remembers a night best forgotten . . . Two drug addicts find that theft does not pay . . . A corrupt politician charges a curious vehicle to his expenses . . . The latest showcase of shorts from the CWA takes readers on a twisted route to the origin of evil: original sin. From a fish that can’t help but dispense his own kind of justice, to an assassin handling a misogynistic client, these tales demonstrate that, for some, there’s no going against their own nature.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Martin (Mysterious Pleasures) has assembled a high quality all-original CWA anthology, with many headline names among its 18 contributors. Fans of Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge series will be tickled by "Yesterday," in which a France-bound Lieutenant Rutledge meets Pvt. Hamish MacLeod, who will play a huge role in the inspector's post-WWI life. Peter Lovesey demonstrates his proficiency at the short crime story with a bite in "Ghosted," in which a successful romance writer is asked to write a new novel based on the life of a young and callow celebrity, to be published under the latter's name. Christopher Fowler conveys the spirit of his outré Peculiar Crimes Unit novels in "Bryant and May in the Soup," effectively using a deadly 1952 London fog as the background for a sneaky murderer. Only Simon Brett's "Doctor Theatre," featuring his alcoholic actor sleuth, Charles Paris, disappoints with its letdown of an ending. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847512987
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Tom Harper vii

Introduction Martin Edwards ix

Doctor Theatre Simon Brett 1

Beastly Pleasures Ann Cleeves 21

Clutter Martin Edwards 31

The Feather Kate Ellis 43

The Art of Negotiation Chris Ewan 55

Bryant and May in the Soup Christopher Fowler 65

The Asking Price Sophie Hannah 77

Bognor and Bolzano Tim Heald 83

Where are all the Naughty People? Reginald Hill 91

Ghosted Peter Lovesey 115

The Last Pursuit Rick Mofina 131

Two Stars Barbara Nadel 147

Fishy Story Christine Poulson 159

Rules of Engagement Zoë Sharp 163

Tick-Tock Chris Simms 175

Little Russia Andrew Taylor 185

Yesterday Charles Todd 205

Precious Things Laura Wilson 217

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