A delectable collection of cunningly plotted thrillers


No One Can Hear You Scream and Other Stories

by Michael Jecks

Endeavor Press

Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction

Pub Date: February 19, 2016

Review

Although the stories in No One Can Hear You Scream vary greatly in style and setting, all are cleverly plotted and generate a sense of intense expectation in the reader. Each story has a delicious, unexpected twist. All too often short stories suffer from predicability. None of the thrilling stories included in No One Can Hear You Scream fall into that trap.

It is always good to have at least one anthology on your shelf for when you don’t have a great deal of time to devote to reading. If you are a fan of mysteries or thrillers, Michael Jecks’s No One Can Hear You Scream and Other Stories is an excellent choice.

4/5

I received a copy of No One Can Hear You Scream from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

—Crittermom

Description

No One Can Hear You Scream And Other Stories is an exciting and diverse anthology of short stories from the acclaimed author Michael Jecks. The writer, described as ‘highly recommended’ by Lee Child, takes us on a journey across the ages from the harshness of Roman Britain to the paranoia of the post 9/11 era.

THE HOSTAGE TO FORTUNE

In the wastelands of Roman Britain, a conquering soldier is charged with guarding a host of valuable prisoners. When a captive British chieftain is found brutally murdered in his cell, tensions run high amongst the local populace. As the murky motivations of an ambitious general come to light, the Romans find themselves outnumbered and facing an uprising.

NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM

A successful lawyer is found dead in his own home, a knife in his back and all the evidence pointing to a bungled burglary. However, there is something that doesn’t stack up and Detective John Hawkwood soon realises that all is not as it seems. As the truth unravels, Hawkwood’s investigation leads him to a chilling realisation, involving those nearest and dearest to the murder victim…

A CASE OF IDENTITY

As a plane arrives at Heathrow airport from Bogota, the Colombian capital, British intelligence agents are waiting for a suspected terrorist, armed, dangerous and travelling under a forged passport. As the security forces close in on their man, a case of mistaken identity leads to a horrifying series of events.

THE TOWER’S MAN

A condemned man languishes in the Tower of London, guilty of attempted regicide. His body broken, an unexpected visitor arrives to probe the prisoner’s mind. As the interrogation plays out, it becomes clear that the two are far from strangers, leading to the question - will the bonds of fraternity prove stronger than those of loyalty to the king?

THE CHURCH HOUSE

When Susanna and Jason Turnagen move from the hustle and bustle of London to the small Devon village of South Tawton, their life seems idyllic. Susanna throws herself into the local community with gusto, taking the lead for the renovation of the village’s old Church House. But when the excavation uncovers a mysterious cauldron, strange and unsettling echoes from the past begin to enter their lives, shattering the tranquillity of their countryside retreat.

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