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A collection of six short crime stories ranging from hard to soft, with varying shades of danger and mayhem.

ICE-CREAM & AURELIE: a young man growing up in New York finds ice-cream parlors have an attraction all of their own… but that some things are not as sweet as they seem.

SOMETHING TO TRADE: a woman stranded out in the African bush has to use her wit to survive an encounter with violent rebels

THE HOMECOMING: a spy whose cover has been blown returns home. But what sort of reception will she receive?

PRETTY HOT T’ING: forced by a ruthless south London gangster to deliver a bomb, a young man finds that some things are worth risking everything for.

PET HATE: a young woman enters the world of shady deals and creatures that bite.

A GIRL THING: a female police officer goes undercover to trap a sex-trade gang… and discovers talents she didn’t know she had.

SHADES OF MAYHEM is available from Amazon.


Adrian Magson is the author of 13 crime/thriller novels and hundreds of short stories and magazine articles. His latest novels are ‘RETRIBUTION’ (Severn House) – 4th in the Harry Tate spy series, and ‘DEATH ON THE PONT NOIR’ (Allison & Busby), 3rd in the Inspector Lucas Rocco series set in France in the 1960s. A regular reviewer for Shots Magazine, he writes the ‘Beginners’ and ‘New Author’ pages for Writing Magazine, and is the author of ‘Write On! – The Writer’s Help Book’ (Accent Press).
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