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.
The Stoner Stories are set at least a decade before JJ encounters the Killing Sisters, and each self-contained episode reveals more about the man and many of the intriguing characters from the series. As well as the first five quick thrillers, The Stoner Stories also an all-new, previously unpublished story, Special Relationship.
This collection reveals Stoner’s shadowy secrets as he uses sharp blades, blunt instruments and his innate persuasiveness to discreetly resolve tricky situations for the British government. We follow Stoner’s progress, from his final days as a serving soldier to his first private contract, and into the shadow land of the deniable asset. Only one thing is absolutely inevitable: eventually, everybody dies.
And there’s more exclusive material in this anthology – an insight into the author’s inventive methods of dealing with death, and an intimate encounter with an ice cold killer…
Sneak preview from Special Relationship:
‘I’m here for the music. For the festival. And the only baggage I carry is that, which you are welcome to examine as you will. No weapons. None at all.’ His smile was a gentle smile of innocence.
‘You’re a musician as well as a murderer, Mister Stoner. We have no problem with either talent.’ Again she smiled, a radiance matching his own in its insincerity. ‘And we’re both of us – all of us – aware that in the same way you’ll be able to find an instrument should you decide to play something, so you’ll be able to find a weapon should you decide to kill someone.
‘We have no problem with the music. Just the other thing.’
Reader feedback for the Stoner Stories:
‘This book surely packs a punch. The writing is bold and blunt, with horrific things said in a matter of fact way. It sends a shiver down your spine.’
‘Wildly witty and effortlessly accomplished. Stoner is a virtuoso with both his hands and with silenced firearms.’
‘Imagine an intimate encounter between Jack Reacher and the girl with the dragon tattoo: that’s JJ Stoner and the Killing Sisters.’
‘Gritty story-telling at its best, with graphic (but well-written) sex and a plot that fires from the hip.’