Six Strings: a new quick thriller

‘You want me to kill someone.’ Stoner plainly had a grasp of both the gravity and the subtlety of the situation. ‘There’s no need to rattle on so much. Killing people is what I do.’ He paused. ‘But only if he orders me to…’ Life is usually fairly straightforward for former Sergeant Stoner. He plays…

The Stoner Stories: a killer cast of characters

Meet JJ Stoner: musician, motorcyclist… and murderer. For years, Stoner has used sharp blades, blunt instruments and his innate persuasiveness to discreetly resolve tricky situations for the British government. During Stoner’s military days his kills were government-sanctioned. As a mercenary they were privately contracted. Some times, they were entirely off the books… ‘When the fighting…

Book bargain: free this week!

First Contract, the hard-hitting five-star quick thriller by Frank Westworth is available FREE on ebook for a few days only. This is your opportunity to meet JJ Stoner, who one reviewer nicknamed ‘the drinking man’s Jack Reacher’, in an early outing — one of the prequel short stories which are set roughly a decade ahead…

A Very Private Gentleman: not an American in sight

First of all, when I purchased this book, I pretty much guessed it would be quite far from the movie whose title it borrowed. The original title is ‘A Very Private Gentleman’, and the movie is ‘The American’, featuring George. (Clooney, that is). So the book was re-released alongside the movie, even though there is…

Sarah Killian: serial killer for hire

PSKs are professional serial killers. Not assassins (don’t let Sarah hear you describe her that way). They’re bona fide proven sociopathic mass murderers of the very worst kind: the ones who don’t get caught. Instead they’re tracked down by an ultra-secret agency, given clean IDs, makeover surgery to suit each assignment, and sent into the…

The Assassin’s Prayer: locked and loaded

  Stripped down to bare basics, this is a straightforward, high velocity, heavy calibre action thriller. An uncomplicated romp, it kicks off locked and loaded and barely grabs a breath throughout. Travis Kain is a semi-retired killer from the Jason Bourne school of assassins. (Rogue agents are all the rage right now: there’s another couple…

Criminal encounters: new books and recommended reads

The dead bodies are really starting to stack up! There are just too many excellent new crime-thrillers and murder mysteries to cram into one update this month. So here’s an initial assortment of killer priests, Nordic noir, American blues, black comedy, private eyes, psychological thrillers, Scandi crime and savage assassins. Look out for more next…

Hard Rock: a stolen show

Hard Rock is the sequel to the opening John Rockne investigation, Dead Wood, and it picks up almost immediately where the first book left off. A sensible person would start with Dead Wood, so of course I didn’t, and had to play catch-up during the opening chapters. Happily, author Dan Ames capably balanced the back…