We Die Alone: Nordic grit

This true-life story of human endurance is genuinely gripping, a factual account written with the requisite polish and panache to make it as riveting as any fictionalised adventure tale, yet every chapter rings with the echo of authenticity. It’s every bit as grim and as gritty as any noir novel, but does ultimate justice to…

Death Is The New Black

PI Daniel Beckett gets plenty of action. Plenty of action on the streets, where his world-class tradecraft, rapid reflexes and hard-assed combat skills typically leave his opponents in immediate need of A&E or the morgue. Plenty of action between the sheets because fabulously gorgeous women tend to do that swooning thing when he turns up…

The Shadow Broker: killing and strong coffee

Mr Finn finds people, typically people who’d rather stay off the radar. He used to be a PI until he lost his licence by stepping over that line which divides ‘distinctly dubious’ from outright illegal. So now he seeks people for the bad guys. Risky, but it pays well. In fact, a decent payday keeps…

Crime Syndicate Issue One: pitch perfect pulp fiction

Hard-hitting yet big-hearted, this new series of crime fiction kicks off with a collection of hardboiled tales of corruption, adultery, payback, intrigue and outrage. Some short story collections are themed around a time of year or special event. CSM takes a different approach with a guest editor, a notable writer from the criminal (fiction…) community,…