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…

FREE THIS WEEK: a five-star quick thriller

  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. ‘Silenced. ‘Permanently.’ Go…

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,…

Return Run: backstreet skulduggery

‘Return Run’ is a rapid read of old-fashioned thuggery and back-street skulduggery. Set in Northern Ireland it avoids any political intrigue and concentrates instead on traditional criminal activities – robbery, assault, conspiracy, betrayal – with a bad boy protagonist taking the lead. Blake is a professional thief, a loner typical of the genre, the kind…