I am currently reading the first story in this anthology, Manic Streets of Perth. As there are three stories I think I will spread them out a bit, read one, read another book, come back to the second story later, et cetera.
Dave Franklin’s anthology follows the darkly comic fortunes of three journalists.
MANIC STREETS OF PERTH
Perth. It’s thousands of kilometres from anywhere, it’s got a really rubbish Bell Tower and not enough of the placid locals are being eaten by sharks. Well, that’s what grumpy ex-pat reporter Paul Lewis thinks. But after a lonely Manic Street Preachers fan reveals her disastrously unlucky life suddenly nothing’s the same… Manic Streets of Perth — where a snake-wielding robber is just the start of your troubles.
LOOKING FOR SARAH JANE SMITH
Marty’s living in a Welsh town he hates, doing a job he’s lost interest in and so bored he can’t be bothered with sex. But a new life beckons in Australia. It’s also a chance to get away from his idiotic mates, the loveable loser John and the ultra-macho Wasp Boy. Maybe he’ll even meet an exquisite girl like his ‘Doctor Who’ heroine, Sarah Jane Smith, and live happily ever after… Looking For Sarah Jane Smith — for anyone who suspects life’s a bit rubbish.
TO DARE A FUTURE
A van driver with abduction and murder on his mind. An eleven-year-old girl snatched on her way home from ballet. A tortured reporter, happy to use her death and the terrifying reign of a child killer to help make his name… To Dare A Future — we all have black thoughts. It’s just some of us act on them.