The Borrowed: murder in Hong Kong

The recent history of Hong Kong is scrutinised in this series of interlocking stories, which revolve around an obsessive, analytical investigator. The Borrowed is an ambitious concept: a blend of social history, moral quandaries, political commentary and golden-age style murder-mysteries. Author Chan Ho-Kei has crafted six semi-independent novellas which form a single coherent narrative. Then,…

Serpents In The City: a smart political thriller

This savvy political thriller turned out to be a treat. It’s topical and intelligent with engaging, credible characters and a clever, convoluted plot. Author HN Wake delivers authentic action, narrative satisfaction and a resounding resolution which balances the book’s occasionally downbeat themes with a gratifying payoff. If that hasn’t sold you on the story, then…

Crime Time: new books and recommended reads

  Enjoy the long dark evenings with this selection of just-released classic crime, short stories, military thrillers, political intrigue, espionage adventures, police procedurals and whodunnits. The murders occur in days gone by or the here-and-now, from award-winning writers, indie authors, small publishers and famous names… RULER OF THE NIGHT by David Morrell Classic crime. Immerse…

The Stoner Stories: just published!

  This is where it all starts for ex-soldier JJ Stoner; a series of blood-soaked situations where his pragmatic approach to problem-solving kick off a covert career serving the Hard Man. If you’ve not yet read Frank Westworth’s ‘rich and ambitious’ full-length novels, the Killing Sisters series, then this is a great place to start.…

Giveaway: win a gripping crime-thriller

To celebrate next week’s launch of THE STONER STORIES – a collection of six quick thrillers by Frank Westworth – we’re giving away a signed paperback copy of THE CORRUPTION OF CHASTITY by the same author; ‘a dark, gritty thriller full of contradictions.’ In ‘Chastity’ covert operative JJ Stoner is trying to keep a low…

The Ice Lands: literary weirdness

  Any attempt to categorise The Ice Lands is pretty much doomed. It’s a skilfully written exercise in edgy ambiguity, tantalisingly open to interpretation. It’s not ‘horror’ of the stereotypical rip / rend / spatter style, yet there’s plenty of blood spilled using most unpleasant methods. It draws on the melancholic mystery and the stark…