Twenty superb new crime stories have been commissioned specially to celebrate the tenth anniversary of CrimeFest, described by The Guardian as ‘one of the fifty best festivals in the world’.
A star-studded international group of authors has come together in crime writing harmony to provide a killer cocktail for noir fans, in the form of Ten Year Stretch: Celebrating a Decade of Crime Fiction at CrimeFest.
I’ve been an attending author at CrimeFest since its inaugural event in Bristol when it was actually Left Coast Crime. Since then, I’ve hardly missed a year and I’m a huge fan of the festival. So, I was honoured to be invited to submit a story for Ten Year Stretch, although I confess I still hanker after the title that was originally suggested—Decade Bodies.
Published this month (April) by No Exit Press, the foreword is by international bestselling thriller writer Peter James. The editors are Martin Edwards, responsible for many award-winning anthologies, and Adrian Muller, CrimeFest co-founder.
The contributors to Ten Year Stretch are: Bill Beverly, Simon Brett, Lee Child, Ann Cleeves, Jeffery Deaver, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Peter Guttridge, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Mick Herron, Donna Moore, Caro Ramsay, Ian Rankin, James Sallis, Zoë Sharp, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Maj Sjowall, Michael Stanley and Andrew Taylor.
My own contribution is ‘Caught on Camera’, a snapshot of what might be our future in post-Brexit Britain where the best of the police force is now in private hands. It follows the start of newly-minted Detective Olivia Milton’s first day on the job, the ink still wet on her university police degree. She thinks she has a lot to offer her new boss, the highly experienced Lieutenant Job. She has a lot to learn.