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Just because you're paranoid...
I wrote my first short story in Killer Year , an anthology edited by Lee Child , published more than a decade ago. It was one of the hardest things I ever penned, and I made a lot of mistakes—both in the size and scope of a story that was supposed to be five thousand words. They are certainly not easy. You need a complete story—a beginning, a middle, and an end. A short needs to be satisfying so the reader feels that they have a resolution, that the story is a full snapshot of a situation or event. Some shorts can get away with being open-ended if the reader can easily fill in the blanks… even if different readers have different answers. And a good short story needs at least one character you can root for.
Rampant suspicion is the reason Italians love the dinner-party game of dietrologia X-Files-style conspiracy-theorising , in which participants try to out-trump each other with paranoid ideas about the country's terrorism, its fascism and the links between the two. The reason for that Italianate suspicion is that there is so much food for thought. The country seems to have an unlimited supply of real-life thrillers, called gialli or "yellows" because thrillers are published with yellow bindings. Each time a new "illustrious corpse" is unearthed, suspicions soar once more, the conspiracy-theorists go to work, and it's impossible for an observer to understand quite what is reality and what fantasy. All of which makes Italy the perfect backdrop for noir detective fiction. The private eye isn't just chasing the criminals; in all probability, the criminals - who may be his superiors or his politicians - are themselves on his tail.
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Added by 11 of our members. On the cover, a young woman runs in terror down the twilit streets of a white-picket-fence community. But as short as this novel is-a trim pages-it packs the wallop of a mini-epic. Iris Johansen is no prose artist. She is an expert storyteller, pure and simple. And Then You Die From its opening moments, it is pure action and suspense, with the romantic aspects of the story arising naturally as the thrills increase.
Look Inside. Apr 04, Minutes Buy. Apr 04, ISBN Apr 04, Minutes. How long could you last if you stood on the surface of the sun? How far could you actually get in digging a hole to China?
Look Inside. Sep 09, ISBN Dec 18, ISBN Having survived an explosive assassination attempt, Italian police detective Aurelio Zen finds himself convalescing at a Tuscan seaside resort town, where he is under orders to lie low until he is to testify at a much-anticipated Mafia trial. The quiet—and the boredom are relieved by the pleasant distraction of the beautiful Gemma, but just when he feels he is getting somewhere with her, a the discovery of corpse in his usual lounge chair brings his holiday to an abrupt end.