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Nowhere To Go

Nowhere To Go [Kindle Edition]

Iain Rowan
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Shortlisted for Spinetingler magazine's award for Best Short Story Collection of 2011.

An ordinary man who finds himself caught up in a bank raid gone wrong. A murder caught on security camera where the victim doesn't exist. A man with just months to live, who is already living in hell but decides to take on the devil. A mob accountant babysitting a hired killer on a trip to the countryside, and a burglar on an easy job who finds it might not be so easy after all. A con-artist conned, and what a man will do when in the grip of an obsession more important to him than his own life.

Eleven crime stories first published in Alfred Hitchcock's, Ellery Queen's, and elsewhere by award-winning writer Iain Rowan. Eleven stories of what people do when there is nowhere left to go.

Iain's short fiction has been reprinted in Year's Best anthologies, won a Derringer Award, and been the basis for a novel shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger award.

"I loved the nuances and true heartfelt emotion that Iain filled his stories with, and Iain quickly became a must read author for me--everything I read of Iain's had this tragic, and sometimes, horrific beauty filling it, and was guaranteed to be something special."
(Dave Zeltserman, author of Outsourced, and Washington Post best books of year Small Crimes and Pariah)

"A short story writer of the highest calibre."
(Allan Guthrie, author of Top Ten Kindle Bestseller Bye Bye Baby, winner of Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year)

"Iain Rowan's stories never fail to surprise and delight, and just when you think you know what will happen next, you realize how much you've been caught unaware."
(Sarah Weinman, writer, critic, reviewer, columnist for the Los Angeles Times and News Editor for Publishers Marketplace)

"Iain Rowan is both a meticulous and a passionate writer, and these stories showcase his ample talent wonderfully well. You owe it to yourself to discover Rowan's fiction if you haven't already had the pleasure."
(Jeff Vandermeer, author of Finch, Shriek:An Afterword, City of Saints and Madmen; two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 343 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475127863
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: infinity plus (23 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #329,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hello, thanks for visiting.

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Short and perfectly formed 18 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Nowhere To Go gives you eleven enjoyabl and well written short stories.

As with any collection there were some stories I preferred over others. However, all flowed well and my interest was held throughout. The stories covered a variety of themes one of which stood out as having a decidedly supernatural edge to it. Others gave you the kind of twist you'd expect from a good original short story. One story had a melancholy edge to it that really spoke to me. What Rowan seems to do masterfully is bring his settings to life. The mood carries you along and at times you can cut the atmosphere with a knife. Utterly compelling stories showcasing the talents of a truly diverse author. A cracking five star read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an irresistible read 5 April 2011
By Kemlo
Format:Kindle Edition
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Sharp Brit Grit 25 Jun 2011
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere To Go 21 Dec 2011
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Iain Rowan is an evil genius. This review was going to be about One Step Closer, a slim but in no way slight story, currently free on Amazon, but after reading it I had to have more and bought his collection Nowhere to Go.
The premise of One Step Closer is familiar - an everyman caught up in a bank robbery - and it's to Rowan's credit that you never feel certain how the story will end. His hero, Wallis, is immediately endearing, just the kind of man you'd want holding your hand when things go pear-shaped, which of course they must.
The Chain continues Rowan's theme of revamping well-worn tropes, when an unfaithful husband is put to the test by a blackmailer.
A Walk in the Park moves into darker territory, following a pair of hitmen on a job, and Rowan brings a nice eye for the dynamics of career criminality to the table. The prose is clean but atmospheric and the dialogue flawless .
Through One of Us and Two Nights Work Rowan goes from strength to strength, taking us below the poverty line into dosshouses and back-street drinkers pubs. An Easy Job is a nifty little revenge tale and Fake makes you wonder if Rowan isn't a grifter on the side.
Moths introduces a femme fatale par excellence, Chairman of the Bored a Generation-Y nightmare child. Both are excellent.
The Remains of My Estate feels made for the moment; an estate descending into chaos after police kill a civilian, while a dying man tries to give some meaning to his final hours. The story is dark and brutal, but suffused with warmth for the kind of people who are vilified in most conventional crime fiction.
The final story, Nowhere To Go, is the one which will stick with me. A man witnesses a murder which appears not to have happened.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere to Go 15 July 2013
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In the main I found this anthology to be enjoyable, however there were 3 stories I couldn't read.
I was pleased that the ones I did read and like had satisfactory endings. I have found recently that short stories are often left up in the air and that annoys me, but this compilation was not like that.
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