Crime Scene Asia, Vol.1. Crime Fiction from India, Malaysia, by Richard Lord

By Richard Lord

Quantity 1 of Crime Scene Asia positive aspects 9 delectably horrid crimes that take readers on a chilling journey during the darkish underbelly of latest Asia. This quantity serves up the original style of crime in six of Asia's so much dynamic and interesting lands, written through 9 pro crime writers established through the zone. The items during this crime anthology could be fiction, yet they learn just like the extra interesting tales obvious often in newspapers throughout Asia.

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One thousand metres above sea level the yellow sticking plasters on the cheeks and bellies of the Buddhas were once again fluttering wildly in the breeze. ’ Thuy asked and snuggled up against me. ‘No way. This lot make too much. They’re vampires. You know, like in Buffy. Tonight we should sneak back here and …’ I mimed shaving, ‘make these Buddhas skinny. ’ I didn’t say it with a smile, and I didn’t get one back. When we rode home that afternoon, Thuy braced her hands on her knees and wouldn’t hold onto me, even on the tight bends.

And that’s why the characters in these stories are so compelling: they pursue criminal activities or they pursue those who commit crimes. And not a few of these characters are thrown into situations they would not have chosen themselves and try to work their way out the best they can. As the plots are spun out, the characters are tested and so more sharply defined. We know them, or we realise they are mysteries no one can ever really know. By the end of each story, there is something like just desserts, even when the desserts are rather bitter.

She’s leaned up against the railing admiring the view. I walk out to join her. We’re on the sixteenth floor, dotted lines of traffic snaking far below. In the distance, I can see the bell roof of a wat, shining gold in its floodlights. Candice takes the drink without saying ‘thank you’. She takes a sip, then informs me that I’ve put too much tonic in it. ‘You’re drunk,’ I say. ’ She tosses her hair. ‘I am not drunk,’ she says. ‘Taste this! ’ She thrusts the glass towards me. I know that Candice is drunk and that I should let this go.

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