Little Hands Clapping by Dan Rhodes

By Dan Rhodes

In a room above a weird and wonderful German museum, and much from the prying eyes of strangers, lives the previous guy. Caretaker of the museum through day, through evening he enjoys the sound of silence, damaged through the occasional crunch of a spider among his blackened the teeth. Little palms Clapping brings jointly the outdated guy with the decent medical professional Ernst Frohlicher, his grasping puppy Hans and a solid of gruesome and hilarious townsfolk, all of whose lives are thrown jointly because the city uncovers a criminal offense so outrageous that it'll surprise the realm. From its sinister commencing to its explosive denouement, Little palms Clapping blends lavishly enjoyable storytelling with Rhodes's macabre mind's eye, entrancing originality and magical contact.

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They were all stood with their backs to me, every last one of them staring out over the ocean and out towards the dark horizon. Families stood together in bright waterproofs talking, for once, to the normally insular and reticent locals. It was obvious that they’d all seen the same incredible sight that I’d just witnessed. No-one could have missed it. Even though I was only there for a few breathless seconds, I could sense a peculiar unease and uncertainty hanging in the air. The locals, the tourists and myself were united in the fact that none of us had a bloody clue what had just happened.

I went into the house and pulled the door closed behind me. `I know. ’ she laughed, interrupting me. ’ `Siobhan’s at work and Rob’s still half-drunk from last night,’ I explained. Clare said nothing. She just shook her head and walked towards the kitchen. Penny hovered at my side. I looked down and she flashed a toothy smile back at me. ’ I asked, ruffling her already untidy hair. `All right,’ she mumbled before turning and running away from me as quickly as she could. I didn’t take it personally.

We used to joke that when she spoke her squeal was so high-pitched that it made the dogs in the street stop and run to her whenever she opened her mouth. ’ He was right. The chances of the aliens finding our planet must have been slim enough, but to have stumbled upon our village? It defied all comprehension. Rob got up and went to fetch more drinks. I shuffled my seat round so that I had a better view of the television screen, taking care to stay close to Siobhan. Her hand was resting on my knee.

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