The Work of Rod Madocks   Novelist and short story writer

Rod Madocks
When Crime Came To Call

"I had learned young, you see, that life was not necessarily benign in essence. A succession of tough boarding schools reinforced the message that you were dead meat if you do not defend yourself and there was no one else to rely on. I knew absolutely that bad stuff not only could happen but was likely to happen. Maybe that's why I ended up a writer; I needed to get it all down as a record before the deluge started."

When Crime Came To Call

"I had learned young, you see, that life was not necessarily benign in essence. A succession of tough boarding schools reinforced the message that you were dead meat if you do not defend yourself and there was no one else to rely on. I knew absolutely that bad stuff not only could happen but was likely to happen. Maybe that's why I ended up a writer; I needed to get it all down as a record before the deluge started."

The Ship of Fools:

"Who are they to me, the dead? Their faces bob in the memory like drowned souls after a flood."

No Way To Say Goodbye:

"Better be sure you can live with the truth before you go raking up the past to find it."

No Way To Say Goodbye:

"You will lobotomise them, scopolomise them, drag them to hell with ten mighty midgets..."

The Love Killers:

"Suicides always left a grievous trail. They may have swallowed up their enemy but they made sure everyone else was in a mess."

The Love Killers:

"Watch out for love, as the good poet says, it will wrap you up like a mummy and your scream won't be heard and none of your running will end."

The Ship of Fools:

"They had drawn low cards in the lottery of life to get mental illness in the first place. Then they had us to deal with on top of that."

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