The Sidewinder: when music leads to murder

Twenty years ago, Sidewinder were a half decent rock band. Then one musician died suddenly and the show was over. Nowadays, the young men have matured, moved on. They’ve got themselves families and careers – local politics, the police force, journalism and the like. Sidewinder was something to look back on… until another of the…

More Faces: short, sharp stabs

Murderers, thieves, political killers and private investigators – these are the people who populate Simon Maltman’s new collection of 12 short stories. I say ‘new’, but if you’ve read his novel, ‘A Chaser On The Rocks’ then you’ll recognise Billy Chapman, a private investigator who plies his trade in the 1940s while Belfast suffered its…

Witness Statement: author Simon Maltman

  Modern crime fiction is so much more than simply means, motive and opportunity. A new murder-mystery set in Belfast and beyond explores the landscape and wartime history of the area, alongside the architecture and inhabitants of the city. It also casts a chilling eye upon the contemporary realities of coping with disintegrating mental health,…