THE FIRST SHIFT - Crime Factory

Reviewed By
Karen Chisholm

Right, here it is. I want more short story collections.

There aren't enough thriller / crime fiction short story collections being published.

I don't care if I'm not a "normal reader" or if they aren't very popular or whatever other weasel words you want to chuck around. I LIKE short story collections.

Part of the reason I like them is because they give a reader a chance to find new authors with storytelling styles that appeal, or even to revisit favourite authors.

They work regardless of whether there is a theme, or they are simply a collection of the editor's favourites.

Plus, perfectly formed short story writing is tricky, and there are some excellent examples of the art in THE FIRST SHIFT which were seriously clever.

Some may not appeal so much to some readers, and there were a few in here that weren't exactly my cup of tea - but that's the point. Gave me a really good chance to have a little wander around in some writing from authors I might not necessarily have sought out.

But that's the whole point of a short story collection - you get to dip your toe into a whole lot of deep, shallow, rough, smooth and lovely ripply ponds.

THE FIRST SHIFT is a good combination of the hard and soft, tough and softer, clever and not so appealing.

Want more short story collections like it.

Want them now please.


They broke free from their workstations and ran giggling down the factory hallways, stopping only to scraw crude missives on the walls.  Transcribed here for your amusement, the most original voices in crime fiction from around the world offers you 27 tales of revulsion, heartbreak and violence. Welcome to the First Shift.

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