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Under the microscope

James McCreet explores the opening passage of a reader’s thriller manuscript

All That Crawls

It was hot in Sanderson’s office and I couldn’t breathe.1 A brass carriage clock ticked too loud.2 Lots of leather and mahogany furniture smelt like Old England.3 The bookcase was stuffed with thick brown books, none of them looked like casual reading.4 The only modern thing was the computer and even that seemed like an antique.5 I’d never been here before.6 Being here now couldn’t be any kind of good.7

Not that I cared.8 I didn’t care about anything anymore.9 There was a hole in me so deep that I couldn’t remember what had filled it before.10 In fact that was wrong – it’d been friendship and pride. And trust.11

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