Recommended Read: Blood Line by Paul Heatley

Tom Rollins is a former CIA operative who is AWOL and on the run. When his younger brother and his wife are attacked my a neo-Nazi group, Rollins makes it his business to get involved – with violent results. I’m a big fan of Paul Heatley‘s previous books – brit grit, lowlife noir, dirty realism – but this is a very different change of pace. And it works! BLOOD LINE is a fast-moving, action-packed, high-octane page-turner that never lets up. A whipcrack of a read and highly recommended.

Recommended Read: Still Bleeding by Steve Mosby

‘Death has ripples’

‘Death is contagious’

Sarah is only a young a child when her father talks to her about death and she is haunted by its spectre all her life.

In fact, Sarah is not the only one of the characters in Steve Mosby’s brilliant Still Bleeding to have felt death’s ripples.

Her close friend Alex Connor, for instance, has been living in self-imposed exile since his wife’s shocking death. But he is propelled back to England when he learns that Sarah has been murdered. And his brother has confessed to the killing.

And then there’s Paul Kearney, a homicide detective, who is working on a serial killer case in which women are kidnapped and drained of their blood. Kearney is a man obsessed, brutalised by his work.

Both Conner and Kearney dig deep into the underbelly of society and eventually their investigations intertwine in a gripping story with some great twists and turns.

Still Bleeding is a powerful novel that gives you a great story, wonderfully atmospheric writing, realistic characters and a whip crack pace. And more than a few emotional whallops, too!

still bleeding

Recommended Read: Czech M8 by Frank Westworth

JJ Stoner is a guitar-playing, Harley Davidson-riding contract killer who works for the shadier side of the British secret service. When his boss asks him to head off to Russia on a mission, and a friend asks him to kill an African despot, Stoner’s world gets even murkier than usual.

Frank Westworth’s Czech M8 is a whip crack of a read. This vivid and violent short story is marvellously well- written. It’s choc-full of fast-action, dry humour, sharp twists and turns and well-drawn characters.

Cracking stuff!

Czech M8

Short, Sharp Interview: J J Toner

book cover mock-up file from SK3_50.jpgPDB: What’s going on now?

I’ve completed the Black Orchestra WW2 spy trilogy with A Postcard from Hamburg. The first book was strictly historical fiction. The second was an attempt to write a page turner – much more action adventure than history. With the third I tried to incorporate the best of both – sound historical fiction with lots of excitement.

PDB: How did you research this book?

Reading, reading and more reading.

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

The first book of the trilogy, The Black Orchestra is my best work, although I have recently published Zugzwang, a short story set in pre-war Munich, which I think is pretty special.

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

Film: Avatar. Book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Song: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Television programme: Spiral (Engrenages in the original French)

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

Yes. Locations are intrinsic to all my books (Ireland / Germany).

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

Cheeky question! If I’m honest I’d have to say daily.

PDB: What’s next?

I’m not sure. I’m at a bit of a crossroads. I may write some more short stories in the pre-war setting, or a fourth book in the Black Orchestra series, or I may try something entirely new.

neon moon 2Bio: I was born under a gooseberry bush in Ireland. It was probably raining at the time as I’ve had a fear of water all my life. I studied Mathematics at university and spent 35 years working with computers in industry before retiring in 2007. I have been writing full time since then. When not writing I spend hours watching golf on TV or creating music on my computer.

JJ Toner‘s website is HERE.

He is one of the contributors to The Neon Moon: A Roman Dalton Anthology.

Recommended Read: Third Person: A JJ Stoner short story by Frank Westworth

third personFrank Westworth’s JJ Stoner is an ex-soldier, a hit man, a blues musician, a biker.

In THIRD PERSON, Stoner’s friend Bernadette realizes she is being tailed through the rainy Irish streets and decides to take action.

THIRD PERSON, is a very enjoyable, funny and violent hard-boiled thriller, full of twists and turns. that works well as an introduction to Westworth’s ‘Killing Sisters‘ novels.

Short, Sharp Interview: Christoph Fischer

healer cover for kindlePDB: What’s going on now?

I published my first ever thriller, THE HEALER, in January. It’s about a woman who turns to a charismatic but controversial healer as a last resort in her battle against cancer.

PDB: How did you research this book?

I could draw on my personal experiences with alternative therapists and I had help from a Radiologist and Wikipedia for the Western Medicine parts.

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

Probably THE HEALER because I didn’t think I could pull a thriller off. When beta readers liked it and were surprised at the turn of events within the book I was gobsmacked.

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

Film: What’s Up Doc?
Book: Shantaram
Song: Xanadu
TV Programme: Brooklyn 99

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

No, just peace and quiet.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

Not often. I’m usualy to busy writing and tweeting to have the time to contemplate my navel.

PDB: What’s next?

I am about to release another historical novel IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION on March 26th. I started out with historical novels and love the genre. This is about the Civil War of 1918 in Finland. After that I have another thriller about a gambler, loosely entitled “The Death Box” or “The Game Plan.”

Buy Links :
The Luck of the Weissensteiners (Three Nations Trilogy Book 1)

Sebastian (Three Nations Trilogy Book 2)

The Black Eagle Inn (Three Nations Trilogy Book 3):

Time To Let Go:


The Healer



christophBio: Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath.  He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph has worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. “Time To Let Go” , his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015.

He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.







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Recommended Read: Everything Burns by Vincent Zandri

everything burnsReece Johnston is a best selling author who is  haunted by a childhood tragedy. When he gets back with his ex-wife, his life soon spirals out of control with fatal consequences.

Everything Burns, Vincent Zandri’s marvelously enjoyable new novel, is like a lethal cocktail of Highsmith’s The Blunderer, Hickcock’s The Wrong Man and the Coen Brothers. A delirious noir -sprinkled with black comedy- which turns into a high octane thriller with more twists and turns than a corkscrew.

Short, Sharp Interview: Vincent Zandri

everything burnsPDB: What’s going on now?

Still recovering from a Noir at the Bar reading in Manhattan last evening.

PDB: How did you research Everything Burns?

Everything Burns pretty much really happened to me, minus all the fire stuff. But I did get back with my ex-wife, and for a while, she did date a writer guy who wanted to be a novelist. Weird.

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

All of them…I think.

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

Unanswerable but here goes.


Caught Stealing by Charlie Huston

Revolution by The Beatles

Breaking Bad

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

I’m not sure if you mean, is location important while I’m writing, or important in the story. In both cases, I would say yes. I like to write in Europe. But I’ve found myself working in some very unusual places. A prison cell in Sing Sing. Aboard a hospital ship docked off West Africa. A cheap hotel room in Cairo at the tail end of the Arab Spring…

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

That’s like asking someone how many times they, well, you know what…

vince zandriPDB: What’s next?

Just finished a hard-boiled novel called Orchard Grove. It will be the second in the Albany Noir Trilogy. Everything Burns is the first. I’m also writing the third in the Chase Baker series. I head to North Africa and the Sahara next month to research what will be the fourth.

Bio: Vincent Zandri is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than sixteen novels, including The Innocent, The Remains, Moonlight Falls, Moonlight Weeps, and the newly released Everything Burns from Thomas & Mercer. Suspense Magazine chose the first book in his Chase Baker series, The Shroud Key, as one of the Best of 2014. A freelance photojournalist and traveler, Vincent has made appearances on Fox News and Bloomberg TV. He is also the author of the blog The Vincent Zandri Vox.

Recommended Read: Cold Blood by Alex Shaw

cold bloodAidan Snow, a retired SAS trooper who is now teaching English in Kiev, is hauled back into action to confront Bull, the man who almost killed him in Poland 10 years earlier.

Alex Shaw’s Cold Blood is an immensely enjoyable and tightly written international spy thriller. The story moves from character to character and place to place with ease, and the glimpses of ex-pat life in Kiev are particularly enjoyable. Snow is a very likable action hero and Bull is a terrific bad guy. Smashing stuff.

Recommended Read: Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household


When I was a kid I pretty much only read American comics. And I almost never read the books that teachers told us to read.  And the few ‘school’ books that I did read were usually like wading through molasses. Except this. Which I loved.

Rogue Male was written and is set in 1938. Our hero is a posh bloke who  fails to assassinate an unnamed European dictator who is obviously  Adolf Hitler – yes, that old chestnut. He is caught, tortured and then escapes but he is hunted across Europe by the mad, bad Nazis.

I read Rogue Male a few years ago after a break of about thirty years and still enjoyed it. It’s a bit stiff in the upper lip department, like Buchan’s The 39 Steps,  but is still a cracking, fast paced read.