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11 Hard boiled stories of murder, misconception and mayhem. Nothing ends as expected. Everything can change in an instant. Tense, thrilling and funny. You’ll be cheering on, laughing at and crying for the characters.

Take a walk in the woods with Annie as a camping trip goes horribly wrong, slug some bourbon in Bobby’s Bar with gumshoe Leonard Peters or join Nicholas and Ch
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Published November 10th 2011 by Trestle Press
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Benjamin Sobieck
Jan 12, 2012 Benjamin Sobieck rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who enjoy quick, gritty crime stories
Let's get this out of the way first. 11 the Hard Way is not the novel adaptation of a porno. It's a collection of 11 short stories from crime author Graham Smith. It's way better than 40 e-reader pages of "oh baby"s.

Some stories are funny, or at least have an ironic twist. Others are tragic. All are punchy in the way only authors from the United Kingdom can write.

Yeah, I'll make a sweeping generalization about crime authors on the east side of the pond. They keep things to the point. Here's your
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Alison French
The stories in this book are certainly gritty and action packed. I found myself identifying with the situations which intiated some of the stories and would certainly have been tempted to follow a similar course of action to the characters featured. Graham continues to test the reader's values and morals by inspiring the 'What if..?' reflex. I look forward to reading the Harry Charters Chronicles.
Giovanni Gelati
I have never looked at the number 11 in this manner, the hard way. But once you get into it, you will see that the title is apt. Eleven stories that have edge, moxie, and a bit of punch in the face reality that will satisfy any reader looking for a single yet multifaceted read. Basically Graham Smith delivers the goods not just once, twice or even three times, but one less than a dozen. This is the unbaker’s dozen of hard-boiled/noir that works as intended; it is dark, has plenty of meat and tou ...more
Darren Sant

This is Smith's debut collection and I have to say I am impressed. Short stories are difficult to write and getting the right ending can be particularly tough. However, this is where Graham excels in adding that twist or trick ending that really makes a story shine. Some of his endings are surprising whilst others are plain quirky but all are cleverly executed.

Another thing I enjoyed about this collection was the “voice” of some of the characters within the stories. This voice was very strong pa
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Richard Godwin
Eleven The Hardest Way is a collection of physically visceral, detailed and honed crime stories that reach into the gut and keep going. It is also full of moments of a wry humour that fits well with the thematic material. The pressures that weigh on people in their lives, their fears, are analysed and placed deftly within the narrative structures Smith spins. ‘Attacking A Nation’ captures this mood brilliantly. Smith is a writer with a strong voice who catches the attention and holds it. I am lo ...more
Cindy
Short stories of murder, mayhem and knives. Lots of big knives. Travel the globe with Mr. Smith's tales. Wonderful short stories with great endings. 11 to be exact. Can't wait till the novel.
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