Dominic Milne Reviews Cold London Blues

CLB---3d-stack_d400Another cracking review for Cold London Blues.

Cold London Blues succeeds in being cynical, gory, hilarious and above all, highly entertaining. Actually burst out laughing on the tube reading this and that doesn’t happen often. Perfect pulp. More than well worth a look.’

Recommended Reads: Zandri, Milne, Stanley, Jaggers.

The Guilty – Vincent Zandri

the guiltyJack Marconi is a former prison warden turned private eye. In The Guilty – the third book in a hugely successful series – Marconi is hired by a successful architect and asked to investigate the rich playboy who is accused of  attempting to murder his daughter. Vincent Zandri’s The Guilty is a gripping combination of old-school hardboiled detective yarn and a ‘80s high-octane action movie. Immensely enjoyable.

Act of Madness – Dominic Milne.

act of madnessRogue cop Detective Sergeant Eddie Kane is back, and then some.  The body of a child and a headless corpse are both found floating in one of north London’s canals within weeks of each other. The Albanian mafia are shipping hopeful young men and women into London with the promise of a better life. Meanwhile, Eddie Kane is investigating an internet porn scam and is sent on a special undercover assignment at an acting school. The various story strands soon interweave, however, in a brilliant and brutal slice of crime fiction that digs deep below the surface of London life.

The Curious Case of the Missing Moolah – Martin Stanley

The Curious Case of the Missing MoolahThe Stanton Brothers are in trouble after Eric Stanton is robbed and ten grand of his boss’ money is stolen from him. As they attempt to track down the robbers, and the money, things only get worse, of course. Martin Stanley once again gives us a perfect example of Brit Grit, full of violence, humour, great characters, realistic dialogue and a fantastic sense of place.

Down In The Devil Hole – David Jaggers

down in the devil holeIn this brilliant collection of interconnected short stories, David Jaggers casts a beady eye over the broken, brutal lives of the citizens of Bronson, Kentucky as a storm approaches.  Each story is a sharp slice of the hard life and the sum of the parts is even greater than the whole. Down In The Devil Hole is powerful stuff, like a combination of Donald Ray Pollock’s Knockemstiff and Jim Thompson’s The Kill Off. Highly recommended.

 

 

Dominic Milne reviews The Gumshoe

the gumshoe and other brit grit yarns.Over at Amazon.co.uk, ace crime writer Dominic Milne reviews The Gumshoe, and Other Brit Grit Yarns.

Here’s what he says: ‘The Gumshoe And Other Brit Yarns are like a line of literary tequila slammers giving you a moment of a thrill, lined with a touch of salt (each one prompts a mouth-tingling buzz then makes you splutter with laughter!)’

Read the rest of the review here.

Guest Blog: Rogue Detective at Large by Dominic Milne

aocDS Eddie Kane is on the rampage in North London. He is reckless, dissolute, dangerous and out of control. His past is chaos, his present, complete and utter turmoil. He’s taking on serial killers, the north London mob, the Albanian mob, the Yardies, Nigerian body-parts-traders, the authorities, his colleagues – and plenty of his own demons…
In book one of the Eddie Kane trilogy, Act of Contrition’, Eddie Kane is well and truly under the  thumb of local mobster, Vincent Mullis. Mullis is the new owner of a debt Eddie has built up with terminally-ill bookmaker, Arnie Duggan – and he is pressing for payment. If that wasn’t bad enough, Eddie finds himself under suspension following a drugs-bust gone wrong. To cap it all, Mullis is insisting Eddie finds the killer of a local prostitute. Eddie turns the stones of the past over one by one, revealing a murky world of child pornography, gangland murder and a church full of bitter revenge…

Could things get any worse for Eddie Kane? Oh yes…

Book two, ‘Act of Madness’ sees him locking horns with the criminal underworld once again – but not in any legal way. Eddie Kane is pushed to new limits when his covert investigation of an acting school lead him to a local brothel and a major mob operation. His search for a missing Albanian friend brings him into confrontation with one of Europe’s most wanted men – and all the while a pair of ritualistic killers are wreaking havoc in Kings Cross, in a killing spree that inevitably crosses Eddie’s path…

But the real nightmare still lies ahead…

Book three, ‘Act of Vengeance sees Eddie take on the Jamaican mob, following the brutal murder in Wormwood Scrubs of his undercover colleague, Phil Blakemore. All the evidence points to the Jamaicans being behind the killing, but Eddie has other ideas… A certain rapist, by the name of Barry Gregson is about to be released from dominicsphotos00prison, but why is Eddie so interested in him? What is it about Gregson that makes Eddie blackmail a prison worker into helping set the rapist up, arranging a meeting none of them will ever forget? A meeting that might destroy Eddie Kane completely…

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Recommended Read: Act Of Contrition by Dominic Milne

aocWhen a bag of Class A drugs goes missing, bull-headed DI Eddie Kane is immediately under suspicion.

However. this doesn’t stop him from investigation the murders of of two young women and ruffling the feathers of a particularly nasty London gangster.

Dominic Milne’s Act Of Contrition is a blinder. The pacing is tight, the cast of characters is rich, the plotting is labyrinthine,  the dialogue is sharp.

Brutal and breathless, Act Of Contrition is  the first in what looks to be a cracking new crime fiction series.

I loved it.

Dominic Milne reviews A Case Of Noir

a case of black‘Luke Case is every bit the worthy protagonist of this archetypal piece of noir. His capacity for hard living is only just surpassed by his will to survive, in this fast-moving Euro-crime caper. Case doesn’t so much step on toes, as climb all over the clutches of the various gangsters he meets along the way, making his way from Poland to Spain and ultimately back to England to try and settle a particularly demanding debt. The characters are vibrant, the dialogue sharp and witty and the denouement an absolute gem. A Case Of Noir is stylish, compulsive throughout and despite all the casually wicked stuff that happens, you can’t help but smile broadly at the denouement. Cracking stuff.’

Dominic Milne reviews A Case Of Noir.

Dominic Milne reviews Guns Of Brixton

gobOver at Amazon, top crime fiction writer DOMINIC MILNE reviews GUNS OF BRIXTON.

Here’s what he says:

Pulp fiction at its hilarious, irreverent best…

For all the numerous and largely excellent crime books I’ve read this year, I can’t remember any offering raising quite as many smiles as this one. In Guns Of Brixton, Paul D Brazil creates a series of windows into the various weird, violent and thoroughly dysfunctional worlds of London’s underground. The plot centres around a pair of flawed heavies, Kenny Rogan and big Jim Lawson, who whilst pursuing a particularly valuable briefcase for their boss, mad Tony Cook, inadvertently manage to blow away one Half-pint Harry, the right-hand man of a north-eastern mobster. To compound matters, whilst carrying his corpse off in the back of their motor, they decide to carry out a robbery in drag, after which they crash their car then lose the briefcase to the son of an east-end rival of their own mad boss. Confused? No need to be, but even if you are it doesn’t really matter, because the ride is everything in this compelling and hilarious read. Every character that turns up along the ride is vividly drawn, none better than the murderous Father Tim, the mob priest who doubles up as a hit-man. There are various strands of subplot weaving throughout, but the key story centres around Mad Tony Cook’s personal holy grail, the silver briefcase with the glow, which may well be a nod to the excellent 1955 Micky Spillane-based, film noir, ‘Kiss Me Deadly’. The dialogue is littered with slick one-liners and the ending is suitably gross, rampant with irreverent humour. Pulp fiction at its absolute best.’

Short, Sharp Interview: Dominic Milne

A of C CPDB: What’s going on now?

Right now is kind of mayhem. Just had the release of the Eddie Kane trilogy, so trying to push what feels like a million buttons at once. Fantastic stuff though – really exhilarating. ‘Act of Contrition’ is already beginning to turn some heads. This feels in some ways like the culmination of so many years hard work, which of course it isn’t at all – it’s just the beginning.

PDB: How did you research this book?

I had what I imagine was every crime-writers idea of a gift horse of a head start. In the early 2000s I spent several years working in HMP Wormwood Scrubs, which gave me an absolute mountain of inspiration and potential storylines. I was working directly with inmates, getting to know them, hearing their stories and experiences, and I can honestly confirm that truth is a hell of a lot stranger than fiction – if anything, as a writer I’m having to moderate the things I’ve heard to make them plausible. The beauty is I’ve only scratched the surface so far. There’s plenty more in the tank for the future.

A of M CPDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?

I’m deeply proud of ‘Act of Contrition’ and ‘Act of Madness’, but ironically it was actually Act of Vengeance that kicked this series all off, despite now being the third in the series chronologically. Act Of Vengeance got me in the doors of a few major publishers a few years ago, meetings that led to a lot of excitement, but ultimately no cigar. I think of it as a kind of wayward son, hopefully one who’ll come good in the end.

PDB: What is your favourite film/book/song/TV programme?

Film-wise I love some of the darker noirs of the late forties/early fifties, such as ‘The Prowler’ with Van Heflin, an actor who was also in a top piece of dark cinema called ‘Act of Violence’ (which you won’t be surprised very nearly also became the name of an Eddie Kane book). Top place has to go to ‘The Servant’ though, directed by Joseph Losey, who also made ‘The Prowler’. It’s one of the more bizarre and weirdly dark films I’ve come across. That said, I could probably watch ‘The Wicker Man’ on a loop if pushed.

Favourite book I’ll give to Cathi Unsworth’s ‘The Singer’, which I think is a triumph of punk noir. It helps that it kicks off in Hull, where I grew up. It also reminds me of ‘The Wicker Man’.

Favourite song has got to be ‘No More Heroes’ by the Stranglers. It gets the pulse racing, without really actually meaning, well, anything. But that’s cool. Sums up my early life.

Favourite TV programme goes to ‘The Sopranos’, which could be quite worrying.

A of V CPDB: Is location important to your writing?

Totally and utterly, and I love living where I live in North London for that very reason. The Eddie Kane books are set largely in Hackney and Islington, which are fantastic places in terms of criminal history, dark streets, alleys, pubs full of character and endless storyline possibilities. The most enjoyable part of writing crime novels is getting the feel for places and brainstorming ideas, a great excuse for checking out the less-reputable pubs and bars on the manor. You have to watch your back though. I’ve been mistaken for police a few times by suspicious locals in dodgy haunts, wondering why I’m looking at them then scribbling stuff down. It’s a risky business this writing. People don’t realise the sacrifices we make for their pleasure.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

I can honestly say that so far I barely look at them – but I’m sure I’ll cave sooner or later and become a ridiculous obsessive.

PDB: What’s next?

Plug the books, until I’m unpleasant to be around I guess. I have another novel ready and written, based on one of the characters from ‘Act Of Vengeance’ called Dan Harwood, so that will probably come out later in the year. It’s a stand-alone, but Eddie Kane also makes a crucial cameo. I’m also currently working on the fourth Eddie Kane novel, which involves him stepping heavily on the toes of Turkish mafia in north London. Let’s hope I don’t do the same while I’m researching it.

dominicsphotos00Bio: Dom Milne was born and raised in Hull, East Yorkshire. He spent many years working as a musician, before moving to London to train and then work professionally as an actor. After a spell working in HMP Wormwood Scrubs in the early 2000s, he began writing and has since written several novels and short stories, including the Pulp Press original, ‘My Bloody Alibi.

March 2015 saw the release of the Eddie Kane trilogy, the first three crime novels in the new series featuring the maverick, Hackney-based detective. The titles, ‘Act Of Contrition’, ‘Act Of Madness‘ and ‘Act Of Vengeance‘ are available now on ebook worldwide.