Rapid Reviews: six slices of murder and mystery

Hardboiled Brit crime, an American classic, a medical thriller, a swift slice of satisfying savagery, an old-fashioned private-eye investigation and an FBI serial killer profiler – settle down for this month’s selection of half a dozen different approaches to the crime-thriller genre… THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy Yes, this is the famous post-apocalyptic Great American…

The Runner: dirty money, clean start?

Cathy has done a runner with a big bag of cash. Her boyfriend, Jackson, was holding it for a local heavy fella… who in turn is feeling the heat from the heavy mob above him on the food chain. As soon as anyone gets a sniff of the situation then they want in on the…

Bullets and Fire: righteous revenge

This full-on noir-vella is a perfect introduction to the brutally authentic, bitterly bloody writing of Joe R Lansdale. Apparently, he was asked to contribute something seriously hard-boiled to an anthology, and he came up with this fast paced tale of gangland revenge. You know exactly where it’s going within a couple of pages, the pitch-perfect…