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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (December 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470975858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470975852
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,338,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Top work, a good range of styles, mind-rattling stories with a great mix.
Liam Sweeny
With thirty-eight stories you would expect a few fillers but like the playlist the titles are taken from, it's all good stuff.
Eva Dolan
"I Wanna Be Your Dog" happens to be my favorite song by Iggy and The Stooges.
TimothyMayer

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Liam Sweeny on January 7, 2012
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I recently purchased this, as a writer looking to read the work of other writers and as someone wanting to donate to charity. I would have paid more, in retrospect. Top work, a good range of styles, mind-rattling stories with a great mix. It turned me on to a lot of writers I hadn't heard about before. Excellent anthology!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TimothyMayer on January 1, 2012
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38 stories were selected for this anthology to promote literacy (Why not 33 and a 1/3? But I digress....). The only stipulation was that each story, from some of the best new crime writers, had to be based around a classic song title. What results is a razor sharp collection of tales from both sides of the Big Pond. Most of these can be read in one sitting, excellent for those of us with not enough time on our hands.

Neil White begins with "Stairway to Heaven", about the fate of a prisoner doing time for murder one. He dreams of the ultimate escape, but his sins may not take him in the direction desired. Depressing story, but with a fitting conclusion.

"Respect" by Col Bury takes place in contemporary England. A gang of street toughs are waiting for their order in a take-out place. But another patron is waiting for his too. They think he's weak. They are about to find out just how wrong they are. Reads like a superhero "origin".

"God Moving Over the Face of the Waters" by Steve Mosby is creepy. It's told from the point-of-view of a man who saw the sea take someone dear to him. He's never left the coast and spends his days searching for the bodies of drowning victims. In the end, we're never quite sure if the sea itself is the killer.

Les Edgerton contributes with "Small Change". Two men sit at a bar and talk. One is a former convict, the other a writer. The convict tells the story of a punk who tried to shoot him. In the end we learn why a 0.38 works different than a 0.22.

"I Wanna Be Your Dog" happens to be my favorite song by Iggy and The Stooges. It's also the title of a story contribution by Heath Lowrance. This one starts out about a young punk scowling over the funeral of his father.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eva Dolan on December 1, 2011
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Luca Veste has gathered an impressive mix of US and UK talent for this collection - so impressive that you wonder what dirt he's got on them. Off The Record features some big names from commercial crime fiction alongside a clutch of top flight cult authors, who you may not have heard of but will certainly enjoy.
With thirty-eight stories you would expect a few fillers but like the playlist the titles are taken from, it's all good stuff. Neil White - yes that Neil White - kicks off with Stairway to Heaven, a tight piece of psychological fiction from within a prison cell, and things get progressively darker and meaner as the collection goes on.
Want to know the difference between a headshot with a .22 and a .38? It's in here, courtesy of bona fide ex-con turned author Les Edgerton, who's story Small Change also has a cameo from everyones favourite gravel-throated singer.
Wife cheating on you? Thomas R Brown's Dock of the Bay has a readymade revenge scheme, guaranteed to work if you've got the balls to see it through. For the ladies, Charlie Wade's excellent Take a Bow Sheila has a more demure solution. Involving pruning shears.
Noir fans are very well catered for in Off The Record, with Brit Pack stalwarts Paul D. Brazill and Col Bury lining up with literary outlaws from the other side, Steve Weddle, Matthew C Funk and Tommy Pluck - all working to their usual high standards. Pluck's Free Bird is a beautifully constructed story about the strength it takes not to act; may bring a tear to your eye.
A couple of gems I have to mention - Eric Beetner's California Dreamin' is fabulous and you can hear the song as you're reading it, that sense of sun cracked nastiness under a pretty melody, full of suspense and with a killer ending.
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