Short Fuses by Stephen Leather
The short stories are: Breaking In (where a burglar gets more than he bargained for when he breaks into a London house), Strangers On A Train (where a mugging on a train doesn’t go to plan), Inspector Zhang and the Hotel Guest (where the Singaporean detective solves a mystery) and Cat’s Eyes (the backstory of a Bangkok go-go dancer).
There are also tasters of six of his bestselling novels, including The Chinaman, The Vets and The Birthday Girl.
Stephen Leather is one of the UK’s most successful thriller writers. He was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shovelled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London’s Burning, The Knock and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series. Two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were made into movies.
Reading these short stories was like eating potato chips. I would say just one more and after that one I would say just one more. Then I was done. There are only four.
These are really short stories. I don’t want to say to much about the stories in this book and ruin them. They are so short that you could read one on your lunch break or waiting to pick someone up or even while you’re waiting for your stop on the bus. Maybe mass transit isn’t the place to read story number two. Then again maybe it is.
This book isn’t sweet, warm and fuzzy. These stories are violent and people die. They are also mesmerizing. One moment it has you worried for a cat burglar that broke into someones house and the next it has you terrified by gang members. That’s how all of the stories are. They had unexpected plot twists. I loved it. It’s free. Check it out. I bet you go right back to Amazon or B&N and buy one of his novels.
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