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Nowhere To Go by [Rowan, Iain]
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  • 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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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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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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The term that comes to mind when thinking about Iain Rowan's crime fiction short story collection Nowhere to Go is "devilish." This gathering of eleven of Rowan's tales (all previously published in such respected rags as Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen, and Shots) is full of desperate characters and insidious situations, so much so that you're almost skittish as you wait for the next unexpected--and, well, devilish--plot development.

Rowan is in love with the twist, the exquisite gotcha moment when a story's premise is turned on its head and standard expectations are reversed in a heartbeat. Crime fiction, especially of the more psychological and less Hollywood-explosion variety, is a great genre for this and Rowan makes masterful use of the approach in several of the stories, including the stunning "One Step Closer," the eponymously titled story, and, what I think is the best of the collection, "The Chain." In the stories where you can see the twist coming down the pike, the reading is still enjoyable as you wait to see how Rowan is going to pull it off, even when you know the what.

Nowhere to Go also resonated with me because the language and structure of the stories is crisp, quick, and bold. There are no page-long introductions to setting or motive, no panning of scenes that bore us with superfluous detail. The reader is dropped directly into the action of the stories and has to keep up or risk getting left behind. And this is just all right with me. I'm personally tired of milquetoast writing that feels the need to describe each innermost thought of the characters right after cataloging their wardrobe. Give me a setting, a conflict, and let's get going.

If I have one criticism of Rowan's stories, it's that they're unrelievedly dark.
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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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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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