- File Size: 532 KB
- Print Length: 164 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: infinity plus (March 23, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 23, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004TNHGFG
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- Lending: Enabled
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More About the Author
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became a novel, and ended up being shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger award for best unpublished novel.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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on May 31, 2013 by txkajun263
I first read Rowan's short fiction in his superb collection Ice Age, a book of stories in the horror/weird fiction mode. Read morePublished on July 27, 2012 by J. Everington
The term that comes to mind when thinking about Iain Rowan's crime fiction short story collection Nowhere to Go is "devilish. Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Matti
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 morePublished on May 13, 2012 by BigAl
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
This was my first time reading the author and I was pleasantly surprised at this collection of short stories. Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by Mo
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 morePublished on June 27, 2011 by word addicted
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