Short Sentence: 10 stories of dastardly deeds

From Obsession and Payback to Secrets and Lies, Deception and Bad Judgement, these thrilling tales will shock and surprise you with their cunning.

Short Sentence was launched in 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing, in association with the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook. Following a short story written by one of Bloomsbury's brilliant crime authors, competitors were challenged to take up the same theme and write of a dastardly deed using 1000 words or less. This is Bloomsbury's collection of the winning entries in parallel with the five brilliant authors, Parker Bilal, Conor Fitzgerald, Anne Zouroudi, Thomas Mogford and James Runcie.
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Parker Bilal is the pen-name of Jamal Mahjoub. Born in London and brought up in Khartoum, Sudan, Mahjoub has written seven critically acclaimed literary novels. His works include: In the Hour of Signs, Travelling with Djinns, The Carrier, and The Drift Latitudes. He lives in Barcelona.

Conor Fitzgerald has lived in Ireland, the UK, the United States and Italy. He has produced a current affairs journal for foreign embassies based in Rome, and founded a successful translation company. He is married with two children and lives in Rome. The Memory Theatre is the fourth in his series of Italian crime novels.

Thomas Mogford read Modern Languages at Oxford University and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from City University, London. An early work of Thomas's featuring Spike Sanguinetti reached the semi-finals of the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and was referred to by Publishers Weekly as 'an exotic, addictive mystery'. He works as a translator and reporter for ITV Sport.

James Runcie is the Head of Literature at The Southbank Centre, an award-winning film-maker, and the author of six novels. Sidney Chambers and The Shadow Of Death, the first of 'The Grantchester Mysteries' series, was published in 2012. He lives in London and Edinburgh.

Anne Zouroudi was born in England and has lived in the Greek islands. Her attachment to Greece remains strong, and the country is the inspiration for much of her writing. She now lives in the Derbyshire Peak District with her son. She is the author of five other Mysteries of the Greek Detective.
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Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
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Published on
Apr 11, 2013
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781408845714
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Language
English
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Fiction / General
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