|This was the artwork|
when I originally read it, which
I still quite like...
|... and this is the spiffy new cover.|
Of the eleven stories here, my favourites were:
'One Step Closer' - great characterisation in a piece so short, and Rowan's sympathies with the victims of crime rather than the criminals themselves is on display in a story of a robbery gone wrong...
'One of Us' - the short story from which his excellent novel of the same name grew. Interesting to read it again now I know the novel. Like the novel, Rowan really shows is skills at first-person character building here.
'The Chain' - quite simply because I did't predict the twist...
'Moths' - a side-order of Ice Age-esque weirdness in amidst the crime. The closing imagery is to die for.
'The Remains of My Estate' - a masterful description of a sink-estate and the loan-sharks who bleed it dry.
'Nowhere To Go' - another one with a hint of the supernatural; possibly my favourite and a great closing story to a great collection.