Short, Sharp Interview: Richard Godwin

HitmanCover-01 (1)PDB: What’s going on now?

My Noir satire Meaningful Conversations is out with Noir Nation, here is the Blurb:

Meaningful Conversations is a hybrid Noir novel that tackles the modern world and its most tabooed addictions and mythologies. Its protagonist, cellist Bertrand Mavers, is the best adjusted serial killer you will ever meet. His therapist, Otto Wall, calls him the sanest man he knows. What he actually is will surprise and astonish you.

You can buy it in the US here

You can buy it in the UK here

The major Canadian poet Stephen Bett writes of it:

‘If Richard Godwin never wrote another line, this Noir novel alone ought to put his name in really large & lasting literary lights—indeed, sharply pointed ‘headlights’ shining on the nasty little corners of our hyped up times. It’s a disturbingly brilliant (& hilariously misanthropic), complex work, expertly conceived & executed, lampooning & skewering so many of the instant icons popping up in our ever-insistently in-your-face & always ‘vapid monoculture’ (as I call it)—all the way from the seemingly shameless body politic to the (now surely post-Orwellian) police state, to the overstimulated & slavering media that infiltrates our daily senses without apology, to our increasing slavery to the all too vacuous fashionistas who torment us, to the ever-present ‘cartoon-world’ realities we keep tripping over, & all the way through to pop-psychotherapy & pop-sexology gone rankly wild.’

And my suspense thriller Confessions Of A Hit Man is out with MeMe. It is a high octane thriller with a plot that adds velocity like a well-oiled chicane. When ex-Royal Marine Jack becomes a paid assassin, work comes easily, especially when working for the Sicilian Mafia, until he gets drawn into a government plot selling enriched plutonium to a rogue Nation. Highly Topical.

You can buy it in the US here

You can buy it in the UK here

cover of meaningful conversations finalPDB: How did you research these books?

Meaningful Conversations emerged through the idea of a well-adjusted killer.

Confessions Of A Hit Man emerged through a tethering  of incidents and ideas, much like the juxtapositions of newspapers, we inhabit a narrative structure. I rented a villa in the interior of Sicily from a Mafia lawyer one blazing summer near where Bernardo Provencano, Cappo di tutti was hiding, and had been hiding for 42 years shortly before his arrest as Berlusconi was ousted, and I was simultaneously interested in the machinations of the secret services and Syria, so I have a hit man working for the Cosa Nostra becoming implicated in a UK government plot selling plutonium to Syria.

PDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?

If I had to pick one I’d say, One Lost Summer. Here’s the Blurb:

Rex Allen loves star quality in women. He moves into a new house in a heat wave with few possessions apart from two photographs of his dead daughter. His next door neighbour, beautiful Evangeline Glass invites him over to one of her many summer parties, where he meets her friends and possessive husband Harry. Rex feels he knows Evangeline intimately. He starts to spy on her and becomes convinced she is someone other than who she pretends to be. When he discovers she has a lover, he blackmails her into playing a game of identity that ends in disaster.

PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme?

No Country For Old Men,

Crime And Punishment or Great Expectations,

David Bowie Moonage Daydream, or Tom Waits, Raindogs


So hard to pick.

PDB: Is location important to your writing?


PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

When I can do so.

PDB: What’s next?

I have four more novels with my agent waiting to be released. There is there is the sequel Apostle Rising and a sci fi novella coming.


409b6-1111aaaagodwinRichard Godwin is the author of critically acclaimed novels Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations and Confessions Of A Hit Man.

He is also a published poet and a produced playwright. His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Mystery, alongside Lee Child, published by Constable & Robinson, as well as the anthology of his stories, Piquant: Tales Of The Mustard Man, published by Pulp Metal Fiction in February 2012.

Apostle Rising, published by Black Jackal Books in June 2011, is a dark work of fiction exploring the blurred line between law and lawlessness and the motivations that lead men to kill. It digs into the scarred soul of a cop in the hunt for a killer who has stepped straight from a nightmare into the waking world. It is available here. It has sold foreign rights in Hungary, to Alexandra, translated as A Romlas Labirintusa; in Italy, to Lite Editions, translated as L’Apostolo; and in Slovenia, to be published in late 2014 by Artizan Press.

Mr. Glamour, published by Black Jackal Books in Aril 2012, is about a world of wealthy, beautiful people who can buy anything, except safety from the killer in their midst. It is about two scarred cops who are driven to acts of darkness by the investigation. As DCI Jackson Flare and DI Mandy Steele try to catch the killer they find themselves up against a wall of secrecy. And the killer is watching everyone. It is available here. It has sold foreign rights to Italy and France, to be translated early 2015 by MeMe.

One Lost Summer, published by Black Jackal Books in June 2013, is a Noir story of fractured identity and ruined nostalgia. It is a psychological portrait of a man who blackmails his beautiful next door neighbour into playing a deadly game of identity. It is available here.

Noir City, published by Atlantis in June 2014, is about dangerous gigolo Paris Tongue, who seduces the wife of a Mafia boss and is hunted across Europe by hit men. It is available here .

It will be translated into Italian in 2015.

Meaningful Conversations, published by Noir Nation in 2014, is a Noir novel about a well-adjusted psychopath. Bertrand Mavers is a professional cellist who is resisting a control programme through the use of artistic paradigms, he is also abducting people and building a body at The Farm. It is available here.

Confessions Of A Hit Man, published by MeMe in July 2014, is a high octane thriller with a plot that adds velocity like a well-oiled chicane. When ex-Royal Marine Jack becomes a paid assassin, work comes easily, especially when working for the Sicilian Mafia, until he gets drawn into a government plot selling enriched plutonium to a rogue Nation. It is available here. It is being simultaneously published in English and Italian October 2015.

Richard Godwin was born in London and obtained a BA and MA in English and American Literature from King’s College London, where he also lectured.

You can find out more about him at his website , where you can also read his Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse, his highly popular and unusual interviews with other authors.