Eric Beetner is a brilliant story-teller. Apart from his skill in terms of craft, he possesses a great imagination that can turn almost normal situations into crime stories. He has the ability to draw out the most from an idea by working in the ingredients of situation, gore, violence, tension, character and humour in just the right quantities for each individual piece.
The tales here are varied in terms of situation and voice and there are some rather substantial pieces included here. Each is rounded off with a punch of the correct weight and all of them left me feeling satisfied.
When put together, these stories form a mighty collection that provide ridiculously good value for fans of crime fiction and fans of engaging short fiction.
Jump on and enjoy (but be warned – watch your fingers).
I also happen to love the cover on this one – quite stunning.