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Sins: New Irish Crime Stories by the3percenters

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Seven Deadly Sins. Eleven Killer Stories.

SINS is a new anthology of crime fiction short stories from the3percenters. They are an authors’ collective and publishing partnership, originally associated with the annual Dalkey Creates Writing Festival, formed to promote emerging writers.

SINS is a book that gives great insight into the wealth of talent among the Irish writing community today. Seven writers pick up their pens and twist their words around those seven deadliest of sins. There are eleven stories in total, each bringing it’s own unique approach to the short-story genre.

The story titles, with author, are as follows:

The Welfare Visitor ~ Martin Keating

A Casual Killing ~ Jenny Wright

The Lust of Lavinia ~ Mark Bastow

Rhythm of the Sea ~ Adrian Taheny

The Snake that Ate its Own Heart ~ Alix Moore

My Law, Not Your Law ~ Mark Bastow

Vainglorious Bastard ~ Caroline Bale

Doppelganger ~ Martin Keating

The Apology ~ Adrian Taheny

Let the Punishment Fit the Crime ~ Alix Moore

Itch ~ Susan Rodgers

SINS is edited by Ferdia Mac Anna, novelist, director, screenwriter and lecturer, a man well known in BAFTA circles and beyond.

As is the case with any short-story collection, some will appeal more than others, as each writer brings their own distinct style to their tale. There is a very common theme throughout of the twisted mind, as we see the lengths folk will go to to achieve their goals. Greed is a very common motif, as it is quite often the main driving force behind many a violent action, with the remaining deadly sins infiltrating each story, in some very insidious ways.

SINS is a perfect collection to have on hand when all you wish for is a quick read while traveling to work or taking a morning cuppa. I have no doubt that a number of these writers will go on to become household names, gracing the shelves of many a crime fiction department of a book shop or your local library.

SINS is an entertaining collection of short-stories, each with a disturbing tale to tell and each one very particular to the writer in question.

(c) Swirl and Thread

Order your copy online here.

Author biographies

Adrian Taheny has appeared in many notable theatre productions, including Druid’s Threepenny Opera. Now retired from the Irish Financial Services industry, he pursues his passion for writing and photography. He had two stories published in Storytellers, New Writing from Ireland as well as having had several of his poems published and recorded. He is in the process of completing his first novel.

Alix Moore is a Londoner who followed her heart to Ireland in 2016.   She studied piano and voice at The Guildhall School of Music. She is currently working on her first novel – a psychological thriller set in the world of music and medicine. Her short story, The Surprise, was published in Storytellers, New Writing from Ireland.

Caroline Bale from Blackrock in Co. Dublin writes crime fiction with a psychological twist, drawing upon her practice as a psychotherapist to create complex plots and  engaging characters. Remember Me, her crime fiction novel set in York, was selected as a finalist in the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair 2018.

Jenny Wright was born in Edinburgh and lives in Dublin. Her short story, Frankie, was included in All Good Things Begin, an anthology of new writing. Jenny’s novel for children, The Cinderella Project, was published in 2018.

Mark Bastow’s first two fantasy adventure novels are set in seventeenth century London. His third novel, Crying into Hoo Hole, concerns policing in Yorkshire and he is currently working on a novel of corporate intrigue. Short stories include the supernatural, crime and historical fiction – as well as tales written for children.

Martin Keating’s fiction has been long- and short- listed for the Fish Short Story Prize, the Sean Ó Faoláin International Short Story Prize, and the Bryan McMahon Short Story Award. In 2016, his story The Welfare Visitor, included in this collection, won the Dalkey Creates short story prize. Moriarty, his historical crime novel set in Edwardian Dublin, was shortlisted for the Irish Writer’s Centre 2018 Novel Fair.

Susan Rodgers worked as a freelance writer and editor for magazines in the United States before moving to Ireland in 2001. Her short story, The Other Woman, was published in Storytellers, New Writing from Ireland and she is in the process of completing an anthology of short stories entitled Body on the Beach.

Ferdia Mac Anna (Editor) is a novelist, director of Film and TV drama, screenwriter and lecturer. He produced a BAFTA winning BBC/RTE drama series, Custer’s Last Stand-Up (2000-2002). His novel , The Last of the High Kings was made into a Hollywood movie starring Jared Leto, Gabriel Byrne and Christina Ricci. He has taught at UCD, DCU, NUI Maynooth, American College Dublin and The Open University. His debut feature film, All About Eva, was selected for the Dublin International Film Festival (2015).


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