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FranksWrite: creating strong female characters in crime fiction

A new series of hard-hitting crime-thriller novels began last autumn with ‘A Last Act Of Charity’ by author Frank Westworth. Unusually, the first woman we meet isn’t some simpering victim – instead she’s one of the killing sisters, the hand which wields a bloody blade with fatal efficiency. Not the normal opening chapter, even for the…

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Exiles: An Outsider Anthology

This collection of 26 stories is a little different to the average anthology. It weaves between fact and fiction, exploring those remote and lonely places on the periphery of human society. Each of the contributions is a substantial piece of writing – not one of them feels like a filler – and the combined effect…

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News: two thrilling crime conventions

If you’ve ever wanted to explore the darker corners of your favourite crime or thriller novels, and maybe understand more about the author’s dark intentions, then conventions and conferences provide an incomparable opportunity to gain insights into the sinister back story of detectives, criminals and killers alike. This year’s calendar features two new intriguing events…

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The Corruption Of Chastity prowls towards publication

The second book in Frank Westworth’s Killing Sisters series is scheduled for publication in September this year. While Frank has been correcting the manuscript ready for typesetting, we’ve been working on a snappy synopsis for the back cover (and that’s why it’s been a bit quiet around here recently!) So here’s a sneak preview of what…

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Feast Day Of Fools: the authentic American novel

Crime-thrillers can be simple mysteries. Or police procedurals. Or action adventure. Or social commentaries. Or great literature, delivered in a populist wrapper for mass consumption. JLB writes all of the above, and this is one of his best. If you’ve never read a James Lee Burke book, and might only ever read one of his…

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Young Philby: the secret origin of an infamous spy

Ambiguity is all-important in this absorbing insight into Kim Philby’s early activities; entirely fitting for an exploration into the intrigue of international espionage. This slim novel is narrated like a kiss-n-tell unauthorised biography, with events being revealed through the words and deeds of Philby’s contemporaries. Many of the episodes and escapades have the ring of…

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‘Charity’ makes the 2014 Best Independent Books list

The debut crime-thriller novel from Frank Westworth received significant critical approval on publication last autumn. ‘A Last Act Of Charity’ was chosen by crime genre guru Maxim Jakubowski, as a recommended read in his end-of-year selection. Jakubowski described the book as: ‘A fast-paced, high-powered thriller featuring a Jack Reacher with balls of added steel character…