New books and ripping reads

The crime files are over-flowing right now with big-name blockbusters and outstanding indie authors. In fact there’s too many to fit into this round-up of ten intriguing titles, so come back in a fortnight for more gripping criminal activity. In the meanwhile we’ve a superb selection of police procedurals, serial killers, Nordic noir, vengeful vigilantes,…

The Man Upstairs: second time around…

We first mentioned Mark L Fowler’s quirky and distinctive homage to the golden age detective almost a year ago, and are delighted to hear that The Man Upstairs is getting greater exposure now to introduce it to a wider audience. Mark has written several standalone novels which explore the darker side of life, as well as…

Sick To Death: death becomes him

Gage is a vigilante with nothing to lose and a tight schedule to keep. Cancer is killing him – but it turns out that his efforts to balance life’s books have an unexpectedly positive effect on his prognosis. ‘Sick To Death’ deals unflinchingly with the daily grind that is the tedious business of dying with…

The Man Upstairs: an existential detective

Frank Miller is a golden age gumshoe, the archetypal hardboiled private investigator. He’ll never turn away from a warm woman or a cold case. Armed with a cynical wit, a world-weary attitude and a smart-ass delivery, he’s just the right man to investigate shady goings-on involving sexed-up care-workers, suspicious deaths and a nefarious elected official.…

Return To The Dirt: savage social satire

  In time-honoured fashion, these three taut tales of work and death employ humour to highlight the worst aspects of human behaviour. They’re sharp, savage slices of smartly observed social satire, with humour so bleak it raises blisters, so black it casts a sinister shadow on a superficially sunny existence. Each novella is entirely separate…

The Rhymer: outstanding. Original. Odd

Satirical and surreal, The Rhymer is going to perplex an awful lot of people. It IS a story, one with a definite beginning, middle and end, but it’s a story artfully told in a tumbling, tangled stream of consciousness which bamboozles and bewilders with its dazzling feats of editor-defying stunt-writing so that the reader spends…