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Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

The stench of horse manure woke Max Einstein with a jolt.

Texas Ranger

I push my boot against the gas pedal, and the needle on the speedometer surges past one hundred miles an hour.

The Temptation of Forgiveness

Brunetti found himself seated towards the rear of a Number One vaporetto, glancing idly through a copy of that morning’s Gazzettino.

NYPD Red 5

There were only four words beneath the tattoo of the Grim Reaper on Aubrey Davenport’s inner left thigh. But they spoke volumes.

Ready Player One

Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest.

Eve of Man

On the first day no one really noticed. Perhaps there was a chuckle among the midwives at the sight of all those babies wrapped in blue blankets, not a pink one in sight.

The Female Persuasion

Greer Kadetsky met Faith Frank in October of 2006 at Ryland College, where Faith had come to deliver the Edmund and Wilhelmina Ryland Memorial Lecture

Leah on the Offbeat

I don't mean to be dramatic, but God save me from Morgan picking our set list.


Speaking with Doc had gummed up my thoughts and left me feeling guilty.

Love, Simon

It’s a weirdly subtle situation. I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed.

Day of the Dead

It was a Monday morning, it was bright, it was warm, too warm for late autumn, and Charlotte Beck was about to experience the one really dramatic thing that would happen to her in her entire life.

The Wolf

He came up from South America by bus.

The Shadow Killer

The Súd steered a careful course around the frigates and minesweepers in the approaches to Reykjavík harbour before finally coming alongside the docks.

Paper Ghosts

“Who the hell are you?”

Never Greener

Fergus was getting tetchy.

The Darkness

‘How did you find me?’ the woman asked.


After I’d finished work I came out into the night

Letters to Iris

Mornings like this morning were Iris’s favourite kind.

The Librarian

Sylvia Blackwell was just twenty- four when in 1958 she took up the post of Children’s Librarian in East Mole.

Mothers' Day

Ambulance sirens sucked big time when you lived in a dive near Paddington station.