What do The Old Man and the Sea, The Metamorphosis, A Christmas Carol, Heart of Darkness, Of Mice and Men, and The Turn of the Screw have in common? Apart from the fact that they’re widely regarded as some of the most classic books in the English language, it may surprise you to learn that they all clock in at around 100 pages or less.
Sometimes you don’t need 100,000 words to tell a story.
In the spirit of this, I’ve embarked on a new adventure in publishing – something I call SHORT CUTS (with a nod to Robert Altman).
SHORT CUTS are short novels that can be read in one sitting in a couple of hours. Like watching a movie on the page. Perfect for that long commute or bus ride, or for a night on the couch. SHORT CUTS are NOT short stories – they are entire stories similar to a novel but in a shorter form.
Over the past few years, I’ve published a number of long-form novels which follow the exploits of ex-cop turned private detective, John Ryan, the first of which was Broken Falls. I decided to make my first short novel a prequel story to the John Ryan novels, telling a story about John’s life after he left home, before he ever went to Broken Falls. This was The Lotus Eaters.
I’m now thrilled to announce that I’m publishing my second SHORT CUTS novel, and it’s a standalone thriller entitled The Bone Lake.
Jimmy Durand has spent half his life on the wrong side of a law. Now in his middle age – working odd jobs in the wealthy town of Lakeside – Jimmy figures that’s all behind him.
But he’s wrong.
When a phone call for a routine job turns into something much more sinister, Jimmy finds himself embroiled in a murder case. Falling back on his old skills, he takes matters into his own hands and soon realises that somewhere in Lakeside – in the trailer parks or the gilded mansions, or even in the police department – someone is trying to frame him from murder.
I’m very excited about this new venture and I hope you’ll join me!