More Faces is a crime short story collection from A Chaser on the Rocks author Simon Maltman. The twelve mystery noirs included feature published and previously unpublished stories and all series shorts currently available. Take a journey across Northern Ireland, through the beauty and darkness, with the fresh new voice in Irish Crime Fiction.
"I’m amazed how a writer can cram so much into such a short space of narrative. You hit the ground running and it’s a sprint finish."
Crime Book Junkie
“A punchy tale, told plainly, with plenty of pace… of old fashioned thuggery and backstreet skullduggery.”
Murder, Mayhem and More
“a snappy read that gives a fresh glimpse into a life of crime and where it can lead you.”
Another new-to-me author and a collection of short stories – I’ve been reading a few of them lately.
Northern Ireland based and with a few repeat characters in the collection. We have a PI, Billy Chapman from the 1940s in a few stories. I did enjoy the football based one with a mention of the long defunct club Belfast Celtic. I used to know an old guy in Luton who played for them back in the day.
The more contemporary set ones were more my cup of tea, especially the set with professional heister Blake – Night at the Opera has a great pay-off. The favourite was Riot Score though. Post Good Friday agreement there’s still trust issues when law breakers from divided communities come together to achieve a score. Set against the back-drop of a street riot – very tense, very satisfying.
A couple of interesting standalone stories as well, mixing politics, coffee and killings.
Overall an enjoyable and satisfying collection. Caned them in an afternoon and evening’s reading.
Read in March, 2017
Page count – 158
Source – ARC from the author.
Format – PDF file read on the laptop.