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- 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
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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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...
With "the Madman of Geylang" the journalist, author and editor Zafar Anjum takes us into a future Singapore where also the personal relations are strictly regulated, with the most devastating consequences for certain individuals...
In "the Lost Hystory of Shadows" has not only gone lost the knowledge of a brutal slaughter that took place on St.Lucy's Day of 1938, but also the moniker our Lion City had in those prewar days: Sin Galore. But Singapore-based writer Aaron Ang describes meticulously the repercussions this crime will have in the present...
Can an entire city feel "Nostalgia" and eradiate it onto her inhabitants, creating the right atmosphere for an awful crime? That's the very original question full-time poet Ng Yi-Sheng poses to the readers...
In "the House on Tomb Lane" a brutal and slow killing has been committed to a young Filipina maid and her relatives are bringing justice in this moving story written by Dawn Farnham, also known for her historical novels set in Singapore...
The gripping story of "the First Time" told by Carolyn Camoens let the readers decide if it's the crime that's worse or maybe the knowledge and negation of it...
And as the collection opens with a story of a Singapore Police Inspector, it closes with the tale of a Private Investigator. Richard Lord, the world-renowned author and editor takes us through the "Innatural causes" that cause ... death.
Logically there are other great authors who write very good novels about Singapore-based crime investigators like - for example - Shamini Flint with her Inspector Singh or Jake Needham with his Inspector Samuel Tay.
But an anthology has only so many pages and is meant to be an appetizer, a bait to hook the readers, to draw the interest to the - existing - Singapore Crime Scene.
Because - as the local law enforcement people like to remind: LOW crime does not mean NO crime...
And how true ist that ... :)
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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