Maybe it had been a concussion too many, but Ropata stirred, and sliding his twitchy forefinger on the blade he now carried de rigueur in his leather's pocket, he snuck off across the road, playing snakes and ladders with the rich cars. His being thrummed like he was number one pick for the firing squad. (excerpt) These four gritty stories are set in Aotearoa-New Zealand but their shared theme is universal: their working class protagonists battle several social exigencies, but at the same time they also face their own internal turmoils She was No Good Anyway is a collection of short stories.