- Paperback: 174 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 21, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781539435686
- ISBN-13: 978-1539435686
- ASIN: 1539435687
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,198,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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True Stories: Mysteries of crime and punishment - a short story collection that covers a multitude of sins Paperback – October 21, 2016
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About the Author
Richard Milton is a British writer, journalist and broadcaster. He currently freelances for The Daily Telegraph and other newspapers. He is the author of a dozen books - both fiction and non-fiction - all now available on Kindle as well as in book form. Read his blog and latest book news at - http://bit.ly/1Bm0twR His non-fiction books are highly controversial. "Bad Company", which The Sunday Times chose as its Business Book of the Week, sets out to explain why large corporations sometimes behave in self-defeating and even insane ways. His equally controversial "Shattering the myths of Darwinism" caused some members of the scientific establishment to start chewing the carpet and foaming at the mouth, by daring to demand real empirical evidence in support of Darwinian beliefs, in place of conjecture and pseudoscience. "Alternative Science" (also published as "Forbidden Science") examines how and why good science is sometimes thrown out with the bad for purely ideological reasons. His book "Best of Enemies" looks at Anglo-German relations through two world wars and charts the origins of modern propaganda. The book is currently the subject of a TV film of the same name to be broadcast on German and British TV later in 2015. His latest non-fiction book, "The Ministry of Spin", reveals for the first time the story of how the post-war Labour government secretly held onto the wartime Ministry Of Information: how they buried this powerful propaganda machine deep in Whitehall: and how they turned its wartime propaganda powers on the British Parliament, media and people in order to push through their peacetime political programme. In fiction, he has published three mystery thrillers and a book of short stories.
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This is fascinating premise for a book, one that draws the reader in as a curious detective, trying to guess the fact form the fiction. Courtrooms have a difficult time with this task so do not expect that aspect of diagnosis to be easy. Instead kick back and enjoy (it that is an appropriate verb when dealing with crime) stories so well written that it matters not which are true and which one is not.
The stories are varied, much like life as painted with crime, and the titles of these stories share the spectrum of tales to expect: Yakuza trained, Peace and quiet, Red ink, green ink, A perfect day to die, Everyone has a big secret, A reminder of home, For the man who has everything, Nothing ever happens in Nogalés, More time with the family, Stiff upper lip, Breach of promise, Something worth stealing, A place to rest, The Red Cow, Loose End, and The Recipe for Marmalade.
Where Richard takes us with these true stories (minus one) is into the interstices of the criminal mind and the events that build toward dastardly events. He weaves these stories with a blend of sex and human weakness and blunders that approach humor - both sides of the drama mask. They make very fine reading - that terrific sort of book that allows you parcels of time to enjoy a book in pieces at time convenient for your psyche - whether enthroned on the loo or on the commuter train or at the bedside table. Recommended. Grady Harp. May 15