CHANGING PLACES

Sometimes wealth doesn’t insulate you against the shocks and surprises of life…
A businessman returns from an overseas trip to find his world has been turned upside down.
Who is that woman claiming to be his wife?
Who are the mysterious estate agents?

Crime fiction is a curious thing. It embraces all kinds of human experience; love, passion, despair, misery, excitement, frustration and fear, yet it’s defined by something at the crux of the novel that very few of us, thankfully, ever encounter.  However, crime fiction has been used since those first crime novelists of the nineteenth century – maybe, even, if we stretch the definition a little, the eighteenth – to hold up a mirror to society and to humanity.

 

Keith Short’s books are no exception. The first two titles, starring genius physicist Leon Dabrowski, are high-octane international thrillers written for escapist pleasure. Underpinning them both is the human desire for money and power, and the frightening ruthlessness of those who have both and want more. The author pits this against the positive values of love and compassion, as epitomised by protagonists Leon and Magda, who want to share their talents to the benefit of everyone. Their brains and courage help them fight battles where it seems all the might of evil is stacked against them.

Keith’s third book is very different. Set in Gloucestershire, featuring landmarks many of us will recognise, the pace of The Butterfly Wheel is much gentler and the villain much more mysterious. Everly and Jake are both very real, flawed characters, and Jake’s recent disability isn’t glossed over. The duo are threatened by forces outside their control – but also by their own characters; Everly’s secretiveness, Jake’s casual approach. They are joined by a third character who brings them together as an ace detective team as they fight to identify the murderer before they can become the next victims.

 

Keith Short has written all his life, but retirement from the daily routine of work spurred him into setting his imagination free. A new series of crime novels is underway, and meanwhile you can enjoy a short story and the delicious enigma that is Changing Places for free.

Changeing Places short story by Keith Short

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Sometimes wealth doesn’t insulate you against the shocks and surprises of life…
A businessman returns from an overseas trip to find his world has been turned upside down. Who is that woman claiming to be his wife? Who are the mysterious estate agents?