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Crime Scene: Singapore: The Best of Singapore Crime Fiction [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Leather
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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The first ever multi-author anthology of crime fiction set in Singapore. Featuring stories from veteran UK crime writer Stephen Leather, Singapore Literature Prize winner Ng Yi-Sheng, and popular Singapore-based authors Richard Lord, Chris Mooney-Singh, Dawn Farnham, Lee Ee Leen, Pranav Joshi, Zafar Anjum, and Carolyn Camoens.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 673 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Monsoon Books Pte. Ltd. (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083JK8R0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
... You'll also find a lot of shadows.
This old saying should be the motto of the collection of short stories which will introduce the interested readers to a world of crimes noboby expects to find in "squeaky-clean" Singapore.
For the 10 authors it has surely been a bit of a challenge to produce crimes and felons intelligent enough to get often away with their misdeeds. And my personal opinion is that my expectations have been amply surpassed!

So let us take a look at this broad view of good, old "Singa-Bore's" crime scene...

The collection opens with a closed room mystery where old-fashioned "Inspector Zhang Gets His Wish" to resolve a crime with the help of his ample knowledge of criminal fiction. And it's written with all the tricks and twists a master writer like Stephen Leather has in his repertoire...
Lee Ee Leen shows us in her "Lead Ballon" how resourceful pupils may answer to the sometimes elevated pressures in high school...
Renowned local novelist Dawn Farnham presents in "Decree Absolute" an ingenious version of divorce, Singapore style...
A typically Singaporean crime situated in one of the big enterprises has been masterly elaborated by novelist and poet Pranav S. Joshi, who shows us the many ways "a Corporate Wolf" can act...
Chris Mooney-Singh's "Murder Blog of Wilde Diabolito" takes us posting by posting into a lurid cyber world where cyber sex substitutes the "real thing", but the very real crime is inspired by an Oscar Wilde pamphlet poem - an 1897 equivalent of an online blog...
In "a Sticky Situation" are the protagonists who commit a "crime" which makes fun of one of the most unique Singaporean legal restrictions in this persiflage written by the aspiring local author Alaric Leong...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 5 Nov. 2014
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Good short story read
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Art of The Short Story Is Not Dead 13 Jun. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
First, let me declare a bias: I like short stories. To my mind the short story is a format much neglected these days by publishers. So three cheers for Monsoon Books, the publisher of this collection.
Actually, I need to qualify my opening statement: I like well-written short stories. And these ARE well-written short stories. While each author has his own "voice", the pieces are all little literary gems. The tales range from the traditional whodunnit (or perhaps "howdunnit" would be more accurate) through the ugly, the touching and the personal to the surreal: each with a Singapore twist - or should that be "Singapore sling"?
One tip though: I'd recommend NOT to read the introduction before you start on the stories. In my view it's better to approach each of the stories without preconceptions. Enjoy!
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