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Nowhere To Go [Kindle Edition]

Iain Rowan
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Book Description

Shortlisted for Spinetingler magazine's award for Best Short Story Collection of 2011.

An ordinary man who finds himself caught up in a bank raid gone wrong. A murder caught on security camera where the victim doesn't exist. A man with just months to live, who is already living in hell but decides to take on the devil. A mob accountant babysitting a hired killer on a trip to the countryside, and a burglar on an easy job who finds it might not be so easy after all. A con-artist conned, and what a man will do when in the grip of an obsession more important to him than his own life.

Eleven crime stories first published in Alfred Hitchcock's, Ellery Queen's, and elsewhere by award-winning writer Iain Rowan. Eleven stories of what people do when there is nowhere left to go.

Iain's short fiction has been reprinted in Year's Best anthologies, won a Derringer Award, and been the basis for a novel shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger award.

"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'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)

"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)

Product Details

  • File Size: 532 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: infinity plus (March 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of short stories. July 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Great collection of 11 short stories. Had a hard time putting it down, I kept trying to read faster to turn the next page. Some stories I could almost predict the ending, others were completely surprising. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys crime, drama, suspense, thriller, etc type of stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Sharp Brit Grit June 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Nowhere To Go by Iain Rowan contains eleven terrific short stories that have previously appeared in Alfred Hitchcocks's Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Hardluck Stories and other classy joints.
Every story in this collection is a gem but particular favourites are `One Of Us' and `The Remains Of My Estate', both of which a great examples of deftly written social realism. Other standouts are the chilling ` Chairman Of The Bored', `The Chain', a clever tale of blackmail and `One Step Closer', the story of a man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

But there really isn't a bad story in the bunch. Nowhere To Go is classy and clever Brit Grit at it's best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an irresistible read April 5, 2011
By Kemlo
Format:Kindle Edition
When my review copy of this book arrived I opened it up just to have a dekko, mainly because my Kindle for PC software is still a new toy. I thought I'd quickly read the first story, then come back for the rest another day. Instead I found myself seized, and I read the book from front to back. Rowan offers an amazing fluidity of narrative; from the first paragraph it was a question of sitting back and allowing myself to be carried along by the flow.

Though all are very readable, not all of the stories are equally successful, and there are two instances where pairs of stories seem to be doing each much the same as the other: two stories of criminals getting their comeuppance because grossly underestimating their intended victims (both are good stories, though, with the second, "Easy Job", being pretty wonderful), and two stories of conmen playing upon their victims' greed (the first of these, "Two Nights' Work", is one of the jolliest stories herein -- I was reminded a little of the gusto of certain similar Roald Dahl tales). For me the two best stories are "Moths", which is the only dark fantasy in the book, and especially the collection's longest and most ambitious, "The Remains of My Estate". In the latter what impressed me was not so much the plot, although that's perfectly fine, but the unremitting depiction of the setting, a run-down urban hell where the cops barely dare intrude.

This collection was my introduction to Rowan's work. I'll be looking out for his name in future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great crime/thriller/suspense anthology July 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Nowhere To Go is an anthology telling stories about people who have "nowhere to go" due to various situations they in which they find themselves. As with all anthologies there were stories that I liked more than others, but on the whole this is a very strong collection.

I won't give a breakdown of all of the stories though I will say that The Remains of My Estate was by far my favorite. If you are a fan of suspense, crime, thriller, or even a little bit paranormal this is a great collection to check out. Iain Rowan has opened my eyes with this collection to the fact that he is an author to keep an eye on. Well done.

Review copy provided by the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Diverse collection of great short stories February 27, 2012
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Nowhere to go is a collection of short stories, where the main character has `nowhere to go'. As is inevitable with any collection of stories, there were some that appealed to me more than others.

The stories are all easy reads, and Rowan does a great job of creating good and believable characters; something I think can be a struggle with short stories which, by their very nature, are never going to delve deep into a character.

My favourite stories were The Chain, Two Nights' work and Chairman of the Bored. Chairman of the Bored was particularly disturbing and The Chain had a twist that I didn't see coming.

There is absolutely something for everyone in this collection, and interestingly other reviewers have highlighted their favourites as ones that I enjoyed less, `Moths' and `The Remains of My Estate' being two examples. What I think this demonstrates is that each reader will take something different from this book, but whatever that thing is, it's guaranteed to be enjoyable.

The stories all focus on different things, whether that be someone who finds themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, conmen playing on another man's greed, the almost paranormal/fantasy driven `Moths', tales of blackmailing in The Chain and One of Us.

Having read this book, and also Matt Iden's One Bad Twelve, I'm really learning to love and appreciate the world of short stories and Nowhere to go is a superb addition to my collection.

Sarah Burns ~ on behalf of the Kindle Book Review
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection August 25, 2011
By Mo
Format:Kindle Edition
This was my first time reading the author and I was pleasantly surprised at this collection of short stories. Although not a big fan of this genre, I was hooked on to the stories from the get go. The stories are fast paced and hold the reader's interest.

I will gladly pick more more work from this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read June 29, 2011
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Many of the stories seemed familiar as I read this book. Then I realized that this was a collection of Mr. Rowan's stories previously printed elsewhere. I had read several of them in those publications. He gives a rather dark view of human nature, but adds a few surprising flashes of courage and generosity. I enjoyed the book, but found I got a bit depressed if I read too much at once. His characterization is excellent and he has a knack for putting a twist in the ending that had me chuckling and shaking my head at times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a fun surprise!
Wow. Really. This book is packed with great short crime stories bursting with Brit flavor. Intriguing, surprising, and even in the instances where you knew what was coming next, it... Read more
Published on May 31, 2013 by txkajun263
5.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere To Go
I first read Rowan's short fiction in his superb collection Ice Age, a book of stories in the horror/weird fiction mode. Read more
Published on July 27, 2012 by J. Everington
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart, thinking-person's crime fiction with a twist
The term that comes to mind when thinking about Iain Rowan's crime fiction short story collection Nowhere to Go is "devilish. Read more
Published on May 16, 2012 by Matti
4.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere To Go
I've long been a fan of crime fiction. Often the appeal is the vicarious thrill of being an outlaw. Nowhere To Go has a different kind of crime story. Read more
Published on May 13, 2012 by BigAl
4.0 out of 5 stars Grabbed me from the start
Moody stories that unsettle and thrill. The pacing was brisk and the stories never let you or the characters off the hook.
Published on April 8, 2012 by MysteryL
4.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere to Go by Iain Rowan
Iain Rowan has hit a home run with Nowhere to Go, his short story collection. From the sad to the macabre, his stories take the reader on a fascinating journey into the darker... Read more
Published on June 27, 2011 by word addicted
4.0 out of 5 stars Top quality crime
Absolutely loved this collection of crime stories. Each one was clever, original and meticulous in its construction, but the heart and effect was in the deft characterisation. Read more
Published on June 16, 2011 by NeilW
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More About the Author

Hello, thanks for visiting.

I've written both novels and short stories, mostly crime fiction.

ONE OF US is my debut crime novel. It started as a short story published in Hitchcock's Magazine, became a novel, and ended up being shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger award for best unpublished novel.

I've also had over thirty short stories published. Some of those stories have been reprinted in Year's Best anthologies, won a Derringer Award, been voted into readers' top ten of the year, or been in anthologies nominated for awards..

NOWHERE TO GO is a collection of eleven of my previously published crime stories, many of which appeared first in print in magazines like Hitchcock's and Ellery Queen's.

ICE AGE is a collection of eight stories of the strange and the chilling that have been published in various places over the last few years.

And last, but not least, SEA CHANGE is something different again: a young adult novel like those I loved as a child by writers like Alan Garner and Susan Cooper, about haunted, folklore-ridden England.


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