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An ill-tempered ex-ship's-captain is brutally murdered, pinned agaist the wall of his garden shed by a harpoon.
- Length: 22 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Outwardly Seth didn’t react as he watched Mrs. Hatfield misplay the four spade contract, but inwardly he groaned. True, she made it, but most of the other pairs would make it with an overtrick.
- Length: 8 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
If I can just keep walking, I can burn off some of this nervous energy. I need to walk until I’m exhausted, until I can convince myself that this rapid, stuttering heartbeat of mine is the result of exercise.
- Length: 11 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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Welcome to the crime short story section at east of the web. Find this month's featured stories above. You can browse the crime library by subgenre or search it for a title, author or keyword. Clicking on an author's name lists all their stories along with further information and links. Stories can be read online, printed or downloaded for reading offline or on handheld devices.
Top Short Stories
A game of Scrabble has serious consequences.
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
Deacon Park is where they bury the bodies. For a cold-blooded killer, a huge tract of wild land in the middle of the city can be an indispensable resource.
- Length: 5 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
“This is it,” he said. “This is the big one. After years of carrying crap, we’ve finally got us a job that’s going to change our bank accounts and bloat our pensions.
- Length: 13 pages
- Age Rating: 15
5 Stars
What happened at Devil’s Cape no longer surprised anyone. At least once a year, a body washed ashore.
- Length: 21 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
“I’m having a problem with something I did. I mean something I didn’t do but should’ve. And I can’t make it right. It was really bad."
- Length: 12 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
It was the early evening in the small farming community of Sunlight County when the stranger came knocking.
- Length: 8 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
If I can just keep walking, I can burn off some of this nervous energy. I need to walk until I’m exhausted, until I can convince myself that this rapid, stuttering heartbeat of mine is the result of exercise.
- Length: 11 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
Outwardly Seth didn’t react as he watched Mrs. Hatfield misplay the four spade contract, but inwardly he groaned. True, she made it, but most of the other pairs would make it with an overtrick.
- Length: 8 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
“It’s all going to be just fine,” she said. “We’re going home soon, I promise.”
- Length: 7 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
He steals with swift, simple hands in the yellow Roman sun. The crowds are bulging, swollen, and he bobs amongst them as silent as a jellyfish.
- Length: 9 pages
- Age Rating: PG
5 Stars
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