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- Print Length: 125 pages
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- Publisher: Murderati Ink [ZACE Ltd]; 2nd edition (8 Aug. 2011)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005GKY86G
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FOX FIVE: a Charlie Fox short story collection (The Charlie Fox Thrillers) Kindle Edition
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The first, "A Bridge Too Far," is, appropriately enough, the very first short story ever written featuring the ex-Special Forces soldier turned self-defense expert/bodyguard, Charlotte ["Charlie"] Fox, whose background further includes teaching self-defense classes for women before ultimately working in "close protection." The plot deals with members of a Dangerous Sports Club who engage in activities which justify its name. The action takes place on a morning in May in Lancashire, in the UK, described, in the author's typically wonderful prose, as an hour when "the last of the dawn mist clung to the dips and hollows [of the valley], and was quiet enough to hear the world turning." Lest this peaceful scene lull the reader, the tale concludes with a stunning ending.
The second story, "Postcards from Another Country," was the second Charlie Fox short story, fittingly, and deals with Charlie's employment by an old-money family, the titular country being "the world of the very wealthy." Close protection in that milieu is more of a challenge than usual, as Charlie finds when she is hired after a failed murder attempt on the male head of the family, whose members have come to believe that money is the answer to everything.
The next tale, "Served Cold," was nominated for the CWA Short Story Dagger Award in 2009. The only one in the collection where Charlie is not front and center, its protagonist is a waitress and stripper.Read more ›
This collection gives you a taste with 5 short but complete tales which can be read completely stand alone from the novels even though they all contain the Charlotte (Charlie) Fox character.
I am a fan of the novels, but wasn't sure how it would work in a short story with word limits to adhere to. But I needn't have worried, Zoe has a talent for being able to give you a full scene that you can see, effortlessly with remarkable economy of words. This is useful in keeping the novels fast paced and gripping, but works really well in Fox Five. You are introduced to characters, the location and the event which unfolds sometimes with a surprise twist. Despite reading in one sitting, the plot feels more than just a short story. It feels like you want more, so thankfully you have 5! The last story was written exclusively for this collection and being free of word count restrictions, is longer. If you haven't read the Charlie Fox novels already - after Fox Five, you will want to buy and read them all.
I'm off to order Fifth Victim right now!
For me, one of the best things about the books is the complicated and disturbing relationship between Charlie and Sean Meyer, one of the most nerve-jangling pairings in contemporary fiction. The absence of Sean strips these stories of some of their unnerving allure.
I see these are also being sold as stand-alones so it's worth knowing that the collection consists of the following:
A bridge too far
Postcards from another country
Truth and Lies
If you haven't experienced Charlie Fox yet I would go straight for the novels and you should read them in order. Zoe Sharp is a brilliant and underrated writer - but this collection doesn't really do much for either her skills or her heroine's.
So Top marks!!! Please give it a chance, especially if you aren't into short stories normally like me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love these series of books - I only started reading Zoe Sharp 2 months ago and have read everything she has written.
Can't wait for the next Charlie Fox book
Always a good read by a great authorWhen a Red Light Shines (Part 1 of the DCI Jack Edgerton series)Published on 4 Nov. 2012 by Chris Johnson
I heard Zoe do a reading from one of her books some time ago, bought one of her books and got hooked! Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2011 by Ann Rose