A Cool Head, Paperback
2 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Written specially for the World Book Day Quick Reads promotion. "My dad used to say to me, 'Try to keep a cool head and a warm heart'.

At least I think it was my dad. I don't really remember him." Gravy worked in the graveyard - hence the name.

He was having a normal day until his friend Benjy turned up in a car Gravy didn't recognise.

Benjy had a bullet hole in his chest, but lived just long enough to ask Gravy to hide him and look after his gun.

Gravy had looked after things for Benjy before, but never a gun.

When Gravy looked in the car he found blood, a balaclava and a bag stuffed with money.

Gravy's not too bright but he wants to help his friend. So Gravy finds himself caught up in the middle of a robbery gone wrong, a woman who witnessed a murder, and some very unpleasant men who will do anything to get back the money Benjy stole...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780752884493


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This is a book I wouldn't have bought myself. The "Quick Reads" series seems to be aimed at people who don't read much, or whose reading skills are poor. Which is an admirable project, but I thought, well, not for me. But my other half brought this back from Tesco for me, and I really enjoyed it! A short detective/crime story, with an unusual protagonist. Definitely worth £1.99.

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Bad story, bad chracters, I Won't be reading anything by Ian Rankin again.

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I struggle with short stories because they so often do not have the complexity of plot. This book does not fall into that trap but, of necessity, it can only sustain one plot line. It is for this reason that I can only mark this as an acceptable offering.

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