Recommended Reads

Galviston by Nic Pizzolatto Haunting and hard-hitting, Nic Pizzolatto’s Galveston is a fantastic spin on the man-on-the run sub-genre of harboiled crime fiction. Prose as tight as a snare drum. Dashes of lyricism that never overpower the storytelling. Great, realistic characters and situations. Marvellous stuff. Just Like That by Les Edgerton Just Like That hasContinue reading “Recommended Reads”

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The Street Martyr by T. Fox Durnham Over the years, America has given us an abundance of great urban poets, such as Johnny Thunders, Chester Himes, Tom Waits, George V. Higgins, Bruce Springsteen, Nelson Algren, Martin Scorsese and John Cassavetes. Poets that simultaneously eulogise, celebrate and chastise the neon soaked and blood stained streets ofContinue reading “Top Tips: Recommended Reads”

Top Tips: Recommended Reads

Tony Black – The Lost Generation Four sharp slices of life that underline Tony Black’s strong storytelling skills. The Lost Generation is the dreamlike tale of an ex-pat in Paris; Take It Outside is the raw story of an ex-con coping with life outside prison; First Day In The Job is an ‘angry young man’Continue reading “Top Tips: Recommended Reads”

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The Final Countdown  – Sheila Quigley. The final part of Sheila Quigley’s page turning Holy Island Trilogy is a knockout. This high-octane thriller is the third to feature DI Mike Yorke, a decent but bull-headed copper who, along with a psychic street-waif known as Smiler, is embroiled in a bizarre murder case that involves kidnappedContinue reading “Top Tips: Recommended Reads.”

Recommended Reads. June 2013

Richard Godwin – One Lost Summer Richard Godwin’s masterful One Lost Summer is a sweltering, intense noir set amongst London’s rich and powerful.  A claustrophobic, psychological study of obsession and loss, voyeurism and sex, with echoes of Simenon, Highsmith and Hitchcock. Col Bury – The Cops Of Manchester Another hard-hitting and realistic collection of flashContinue reading “Recommended Reads. June 2013”

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 The Rapist – Les Edgerton The Rapist cleverly blends Camus and Jim Thompson in an existential crime novel that is as dark and intoxicating as strong Irish coffee. Les Edgerton smartly pulls us into the corkscrew mind of Truman Ferris Pinter, a twisted man with skewed perception of the world, as his life spirals towardContinue reading “Top Tips: Recommended Reads”

Top Tips: Recommended Reads

So, what have I been reading of late? Well, I’ll tell you… Wolf Tickets by Ray Banks Things aren’t exactly tickety-boo for the aging hard man Cobb. He’s feeling his age, living in a dump of a flat, reduced to drinking gut-rot whiskey and shoplifting from charity shops. Then he gets a phone call fromContinue reading “Top Tips: Recommended Reads”

Top Tips: Recommended Reads

Car Wash Blues by Michael Haskins. Journalist Mick Murphy takes his girlfriend’s car to a car wash and gets caught up in a bloody shoot-out. And then things really get out of hand as a couple of Mexican drug cartels descend on Murphy’s sedate Key West home intent on killing Murphy and his friends. CarContinue reading “Top Tips: Recommended Reads”

Top Tips: Recommended Reads at Brit Grit Alley

‘Oi! Well, it’s coming up to that time of the year when people start wishing each other a Merry X- Men and Happy New Beer, or something or other. In Britain, at least, a time of binge drinking, domestic violence, increased heart disease, suicide, crap songs and crap telly. And, of course, lots of youContinue reading “Top Tips: Recommended Reads at Brit Grit Alley”

Recommended Reads

Die, You Bastard Die! – Jan Kozlowski Claire is a tough, no-nonsense paramedic who is called back to her home town to take care of her injured father. The sordid skeletons come rattling out of the closet as Claire is forced to confront her abusive childhood. Can any book live up to a title as goodContinue reading “Recommended Reads”

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I’ve read a fair bit of  new stuff recently- and done quite a bit of re-reading too- so here are a handful of  some of the books that have tickled my fancy of late. Bang Bang, You’re Dead by Nick Quantrill. Nick Quantrill is best known for his slow burning, evenly paced P I novelsContinue reading “Top Tips: Recommended Reads”

Top Tips: Recommended Reads.

I’ve read some cracking books over the last week or so, and here are a few of  my recommendations: The Killing Of Emma Gross by Damien Seaman. Blasted Heath are simply one of the best publishers around. And this is one of the best books that they’ve put out. Maybe the best. In Germany, beforeContinue reading “Top Tips: Recommended Reads.”