Calling Crime Connoisseurs: review copies of ‘A Last Act of Charity’ up for grabs


Charity frameWe’re delighted to announce that we have a few advance copies of the new crime-thriller A LAST ACT OF CHARITY by Frank Westworth available FREE for genre enthusiasts to read and review. CHARITY is the first novel in the Killing Sisters series and will be published on 25th September 2014…

If you enjoy dark, densely-plotted, intelligent thrillers by authors like Stieg Larsson, Walter Mosley, Barry Eisler, Karin Fossum, Ryu Murakami, Trevanian, Don Winslow or Natsuo Kirino then the Killing Sisters / JJ Stoner stories have been written with you in mind.

Here’s what R J Ellory, award-winning author of ‘A Quiet Belief In Angels’, said about CHARITY: ‘Guns, girls, guitars and scenes of gruesome violence, all shot through with a wit sharp enough to draw blood. With terse and brilliant prose, Westworth delivers a plot that drags you along relentlessly. Loved it, unconditionally.’

Recommended for enthusiasts of Eurocrime and Nordic noir: CHARITY brings brutal new twists to gritty British fiction:-

JJ Stoner once killed people for a living. In the military his kills were government-sanctioned. As a mercenary they were privately contracted. He doesn’t mention the other kills, those of his own initiative. Highly-trained, finely-honed and used hard, Stoner now seeks not to kill as he investigates underworld activities for official intelligence agencies, an entirely deniable operative in sleazy situations. Less the blunt instrument, more the swift stiletto.

A series of brutal, blood-soaked murders look to be right up Stoner’s street. When the investigation spirals in queasy circles, JJ seeks release in the music of the blues and in weird sex with treacherous women. An old army comrade, equally lethal and with less to lose, steps out of the shadows. Is he friend or foe? And who are the seductive killing sisters? Stoner must find focus, find the killer, maybe even find himself.

The time has come for Stoner to kill again…

If this sounds like something you’d enjoy reading, and are happy to post an online review giving your honest opinion of the book, then simply contact us: and tell us whether you’d prefer to read CHARITY as a PDF, MOBI or paperback.

Please be advised: A LAST ACT OF CHARITY is intended for an adult audience. It contains explicit language and scenes of a sexual and violent nature: “The naked, hairless woman stared hard at the broken, bloodied man, wondering whether he was alive, conscious, and if so what he made of the sight he saw. He blinked again, just the right eye, and from that eye there rolled a tear. Just one.”

If you’d like to try a taste of the Killing Sisters / JJ Stoner universe before taking the plunge with the full-length novel, a prequel JJ Stoner short story, FIRST CONTRACT is available now on Kindle:

FirstContractFINALA decade ago, JJ Stoner was a soldier. He killed people for a living and made no bones about it. On a scorching day in the Iraqi desert, when British blood stained the sand, he over-stepped the mark. Men died in compromising circumstances. Too many men for an easy explanation. Faced with a dishonourable discharge and accusations of murder, Stoner accepted an offer from a stranger who represented an intelligence agency. Suddenly, Stoner found himself half a world away and about to execute his first private contract…

You can find FIRST CONTRACT at Amazon.

And here’s what other readers have been saying about FIRST CONTRACT:

‘It launches you straight into the mayhem and, like its protagonist, JJ Stoner, takes no prisoners.’

‘A punchy and compelling tale of an ice-cold assassin, more nuanced than your average hired killer. The writing is sparse and crisp, the dialogue frequently laced with sardonic British edge.’

‘Clever dialogue and plenty of descriptive narrative providing context for the violence, depth to the characters and shape to the story.’

‘Our first meeting with JJ Stoner does nothing for the man’s chances of being nominated for any awards for unbridled compassion or for turning the other cheek.’

‘Westworth’s fiction does not judge JJ Stoner. It simply, fluidly, outlines him, states what he does, in stark, vivid language that draws you inexorably deeper.’

‘A brilliant read, along the lines of Jack Reacher. I look forward to the full novel.’

‘The dialogue is snappy, the characters are sharply developed, and the plot moves effortlessly forward.’

‘Intelligently written, with excellent characterisation, sharp wit and punchy back-n-forth dialogue.’

‘The author makes no apologies for Stoner’s pragmatic attitude towards the elimination of his targets, and the result is a solid, well thought through action thriller, intelligently handled.’

‘Sophisticated story-telling, written in a mature style, and targeted at a mature audience.’

‘The novelette has a terse, spare style and winds the reader in – definitely a page-turner. Move over Ian Fleming, JJ Stoner could replace James Bond…’

You can find FIRST CONTRACT at Amazon.

If this has whetted your appetite and you are happy to post an online review giving your honest opinion of A LAST ACT OF CHARITY, then simply contact us by email: and tell us whether you’d prefer to read CHARITY as a PDF, MOBI or paperback.

As Stoner turned from closing the door he became aware of the gun. Aware that a gun was being raised to point at him. Aware that he was unarmed. This is how it will end. This is how it ends for just about all contract killers. Stoner immediately accepted the futility of resistance, the pointlessness of heroism, and raised his gaze from the gun to the eyes of his better…

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We have a limited number of review copies available but will do our best to accommodate all requests where possible.

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