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  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (15 Sept. 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1479269077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479269075
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,163,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graeme Shimmin was born in Manchester, and studied Physics at Durham University.

His successful consultancy career enabled him to retire at 35 to an island off Donegal and start writing. He has since returned to Manchester and completed an MA in Creative Writing.

The inspiration for A Kill in the Morning - his prizewinning first novel - came from Robert Harris' alternate history novel, Fatherland, and a passion for classic spy fiction.

To find out more, and read his spy-themed short stories and book and movie reviews, visit

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Ian Steele on 1 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback
"Veronika" is a riveting short story about the dark side of Eastern Europe. A lone traveller to Prague trawls the bars and clubs looking for the girl of his dreams. The plot thickens when he actually meets the titular girl, and she turns out to be something very different from what he expected. The story is very well-researched, with a highly poignant twist. It is very well written, with tons of atmosphere and an aura of quiet menace. It brought to life the Czech Republic as a place with a lot of secret history, and made me want to find out more about this region. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Quality fiction!
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We shouldn't forget the past... 23 Nov. 2013
By Larry Pieniazek - Published on
Format: Paperback
A short short story but every word freighted with meaning.

A "pacifist" (ya, right, probably more of a wide boy) travels to a rural town in the Czech Republic in search of good times, good beer, and not so good girls. There, he has an encounter with the past he, and you, will never forget.

Graeme is a rising talent in the spy/thriller and related genres, and this is a great addition to his body of work.
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If I liked short stories, I'd love this one. 29 April 2014
By Edward I. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Sadly, I don't like short stories. However, this one was clear, atmospheric to the point of being haunting, the dialog was real and the outcome was, if anything, more important to us than most 300 page books.

Graeme's book comes out this year--now, THAT I'm looking forward to.
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Forget at your Peril 23 Mar. 2014
By Jeff Shear - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
In “Veronika,”a tough-as-nails blonde, a naïve, randy Brit, and the remnants of pure evil balance on the tip of bildungsroman in hungry Czechoslovakia. Neatly written in the snap-on Cockney vernacular, author Graeme Shimmin’s short story regularly breaks through the fourth wall in order to mock himself or set matters in order. “Trouble with that [trick] is every wide boy in England seems to be in the queue in front of you.” For Americans a “wide boy” is a down-scale male grifting his way forward in life. Here is the story of an up-scale wide boy hunting for a quick tryst and a good beer in the Czech outback. He gets what he wants from Veronika, who unexpectedly proves herself to be the real article, and then demonstrates that the real article may be more than you came for. Shimmin’s style jabs through the first-person at the royal you as he edges along his pub crawl. He writes what turns out to be a thoughtful tale about a backwater town in the boonies where “Mr. Englishman” gets steered into one of the darkest corners of history.
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