Review: No Direction Home by Nick Quantrill from Fahrenheit Press

A gripping short story to launch the latest creative venture from Fahrenheit Press.

Available to buy ONLY direct from Fahrenheit Press. And only while the 100 hand numbered copies last. No e-book, no reprints.

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Available in a limited edition of only 100 copies, Fahrenheit have decided to launch Fahrenzine. An old fashioned ‘zine format, very much in the punk rock mold. Right down to the typeset, that’s attention to detail. And talking of attention to detail, a huge shout out to Max at the Fahrenheit bunker. Back in 2018, when the original run of Fahrenheit limited-edition hardbacks was published and my copy of the first book, Derek Farrell’s Death of a Diva arrived with a limited-edition number of 22, I asked that all of the series had a matching number. Two years later, and my copy of Fahrenzine issue one is limited edition number 22/100. These guys know their fans!

Each issue is set to contain a single short story, in this case No Direction Home by Nick Quantrill. As you might expect from the shorter format, it’s a quick single sitting read. Its no less gripping for being so though. Following Nick’s grizzled and world-weary investigator Joe Geraghty as he gets sucked back into a world he has tried to leave behind. The art of the short story is in getting the reader to care about character’s, situations and adventures in a very short space of time. Thus, they suit hardboiled crime down to the ground. Sparse very carefully chosen language and light on explicit detail, they invite the reader to fill in the gaps in their own imagination. No Direction Home is a great example of the type. Very tight writing, fully realised characters and a sense of drama and tension throughout. Six short scenes bringing together a rewarding tale.

Fahrenzine is one hell of a concept, that fits really well with the brand. I’d expect these to be selling out quick as the reputation builds, I can’t wait to see what else the ‘zine brings us as it develops.

 

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