Crumple Zone by Nick Barlay

Crumple Zone

Nick Barlay

Pure realism is the strongest impression this thriller gives.


When the (lift) doors close and the whole thing starts to clunk down, metal scraping and policeman grunts echoing in the shaft that I start to get scared. Just standing there on the grey landing ... I mean what next? What happens now? What do I do now? Where does my life go now?

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