Well, in case you missed any of them, here’s a handy list of links to all ten of my recent “Noir Christmas” short stories.
These stories are best read in order, although many of them are fairly self-contained. If you just want to read the basic underlying story arc, then read the first, third, fourth and tenth stories. My personal favourite story in the collection is probably the ninth one.
Surprisingly, this was the first collection I’ve written in quite some time to feature a single unnamed main character throughout the collection. Surprisingly, the stories also ended up being set in something resembling present-day Britain rather than the more traditional “1920s-50s America” setting I’d originally thought about using.
Anyway, here are the stories 🙂 Enjoy 🙂
1) “Preludes And Portents“ – A private detective hasn’t had a client in days. Perhaps a piece of junk mail holds the answers….
2) “Headlines“: The detective muses about Raymond Chandler, only to find that a mysterious man with a gun has appeared outside the office door.
3) “Stakeout“: The detective decides to investigate the slick new detective agency that has recently appeared in the local shopping centre. However, things may not be as they seem…
4) “Amateurs“: Finally! A client! And, perhaps many more…
5) “Magic“: The detective is asked to explain a magic trick…
6) “Espionage“: The detective’s latest client wants the private computer codes of a senior German politician. Not only is the case illegal, but it’s too much *ugh* effort. What will the detective do?
7) “Night Off“: The detective takes a night off.
8) “Paranormal“: A rich property developer needs the detective’s help. Ever since he planned to turn the local community centre into luxury flats, he’s been hearing ominous noises at night….
9) “The Twelve Cases Of Christmas“: Twelve clients in one morning!? What will the detective do?
10) “Finale“: The detective’s new business strategy has ruffled some feathers…