A Last Act Of Charity: gritty, grainy, gripping

Serial killings and strange sisters, hard as nails hit men and shady superiors, sleazy blues and sometimes seedy sex; A Last Act of Charity is about a set of characters loosely connected by a plot that lurks in the shadows of blues clubs, back-street industrial estates and cheap hotels. Investigator JJ Stoner is charged with…

The Trinity Six: spy jinks in Cambridge

Initially, The Trinity Six dodders along somewhat like an old-fashioned 1960s spy story, and seems hardly relevant to the modern world. A history professor inherits a project from a journo friend which goes back to the days of Philby, Burgess and Maclean. The title of the book and the first third of the story seem…

Third Person: a new quick thriller, just published

The third JJ Stoner story, THIRD PERSON, has just been published and is now available at Amazon worldwide. A target is being stalked through rain-soaked city streets. Someone is seeking JJ Stoner, independent operative, covert investigator and occasional contract killer. Caution is advised: with Stoner you often get more than you bargain for and this…

The Strain: scary vampires, not sparkly ones

There’s very little new in The Strain but it’s a well put together horror romp which successfully revitalises an old genre. Obviously intended to be adapted for the screen (it’s written by a film director after all, and has indeed been transformed into a TV series), this novel re-treads an old story in the modern…