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The Life Business

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With astonishing power, award-winning author John Grant portrays the human facility to falsify history, using as his backdrop the beginnings of the late-20th-century troubles in Northern Ireland, as an unwitting mainland schoolboy finds himself caught up in a violence he barely understands.

In the closing story, “The Life Business”, the fantasy master who writes as John Grant draws upon his . . . real-life teenage stint as a British cadet. He integrates disturbing and emotional reveries into his shape-shifting characters. His story rattled me the most [in the anthology Requiems for the Departed]. Grant eerily channels otherworldly senses into a psychological study of identity.

--John L. Murphy, PopMatters

[In "The Life Business"] memoir meets memory, the childhood crimes whose hammer blows and sharp chisels shape our adult lives. Grant's account of a summer camp on the banks of the Foyle, pre-Troubles, shines a beam far brighter than any Rupert Bear flashlight could cast. [The anthology] closes with a fantastic twist.

--Critical Mick

...a compelling coming-of-age tale.

--Declan Burke, Crime Always Pays

The Life Business
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Nov 12, 2011
  • Publisher: Infinity plus
  • Seller: Smashwords, Inc.
  • Print Length: 34 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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