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Five Leaves re-launched its Crime Express imprint in April 2011. David Belbin, series editor, presents three new novellas by critically acclaimed authors Danuta Reah (who also writes as Carla Banks), Charlie Williams and Ray Banks. The re-launch also includes a reprint of Stephen Booth's immensely popular novella Claws, which sold out in its 2007 Crime Express edition. Previous books in the series include hard-boiled Edinburgh and Newcastle crime by Allan Guthrie and Ray Banks, and Lawrence Block on lust.
Crime Express is a numbered, and eminently collectable series. Here's what Mystery Scene in America said about the first three: “And now for something(s) completely different: Claws, Stephen Booth; The Mentalist, Rod Duncan; Trouble in Mind, John Harvey (all by Crime Express, an imprint of Five Leaves Press)... At less than 100 pages per book, each is thin enough to slip into your pocket or purse… These three little books, all set in various areas of England, are the answer to a traveller’s dream. Portable, yet sturdy enough to survive a world of crowded airports.”