Meet JJ Stoner: motorcyclist. Musician. Murderer.
‘Stoner stepped back, balanced like a murderous ballet dancer and swung his heavy biker-booted foot, catching the guard’s chin with his toe, breaking the jaw at its hinge with the skull, and driving the man’s head backwards into the rough red brickwork of the wall.
In FIRST CONTRACT, when British blood stains the Iraqi sand, soldier JJ Stoner over-steps the mark. His uncompromising and bloody reaction triggers a new career as an undercover operative. But Stoner’s first contract kill doesn’t go as planned…
‘I’m here to kill a man, Bernadette, not to learn to love him
nor to travel with him though the long halls of the night.’
Reader and reviewer feedback for FIRST CONTRACT:
‘Wildly witty and effortlessly accomplished. Stoner is a virtuoso with both his hands and with silenced firearms.’
‘Gritty story-telling at its best, with a plot that fires from the hip.’
‘There is hardly time to draw breath in this fast-moving adventure introducing a frighteningly capable executioner.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘Stoner swung a right-handed full-knuckle punch to the guard’s temple. He staggered. Stoner’s left hand provided a balancing blow. The guard slid gracelessly down the wall and his head fell forward onto his chest. Stoner stepped back, balanced like a murderous ballet dancer and swung his heavy biker-booted foot, catching the guard’s chin with his toe, breaking the jaw at its hinge with the skull, and driving the man’s head backwards into the rough red brickwork of the wall. Silenced. Permanently…’
FIRST CONTRACT is the opening (mis)adventure in the covert career of ex-soldier JJ Stoner. The first six Stoner Stories are now available in paperback and ebook formats