The Werewolf Detective Howls Again!

Back in 2012 I wrote a story for the late lamented Dark Valentine Magazine. It was a noir/ horror crossover yarn called Drunk On The Moon, and it featured a werewolf private eye called Roman Dalton. The story proved to be quite popular and I wrote a few more Roman Dalton yarns. There were even a couple of anthologies where a wide range of authors wrote Roman Dalton yarns. Oh, and he’s been translated into Slovenian and Polish.

Anyway, I recently decided to collect as many of the yarns as possible in one place. There are stories from me, K A Laity, Carrie Clevenger, Graham Wynd, Matt Hilton, Vincent Zandri, Allan Leverone and more! (Artwork by Marcin Drzewiecki – Ilustrator)

When a full moon fills the night sky, Private Investigator Roman Dalton becomes a werewolf and prowls The City’s neon and blood soaked streets. Vivid and violent noir horror stories based on characters created by Paul D. Brazill

Netflix ought to swoop in and bag those stories for a new series.’

‘It’s noir. It’s supernatural. It’s sleazy as hell.’

“A crackling fun read that puts werewolves in a Sin City/hardboiled world.”

5.0 out of 5 stars.  Brilliant and Dark

5.0 out of 5 stars.  Noir Fun with a Werewolf Detective

5.0 out of 5 stars.  A Howling Good Read!

5.0 out of 5 stars.  Both gruesome and awesome

Why not sink your teeth in, if you fancy?

Recommended Read: Chase Baker and The Vikings’ Secret by Benjamin Sobieck and Vincent Zandri

chase bakerAction- man Chase Baker agrees to help a beautiful Chinese journalist find The Pit, which is said to be guarded by a mythical beast known as The Wendigo.

But all is not as it seems.

The book’s eponymous hero was created by Vincent Zandri but Chase Baker and The Vikings’ Secret ,the fifth book in the series, sees Benjamin Sobieck take the reins with great aplomb as he delivers a fast-paced, funny, action-fueled adventure story that quickly gets under your skin.

Recommended Read: Orchard Grove by Vincent Zandri

orchard groveDown on his luck screenwriter Ethan Forrester is home all day recovering from a foot injury and trying to break his writer’s block when he starts to spy on his beautiful neighbor Lana. This soon  develops into an obsession. But Lana has dark secrets of her own.

Vincent Zandri’s Orchard Grove is great stuff. It’s like a lethal cocktail of Jim Thompson, film noir, ’80’s action movies, and Brian De Palma.

The story twists and turns tightly before spiraling off into a high-octane climax. Orchard Grove is cracking, page-turning fun.

What Goes On? Zandri, Richardson.

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What goes on? What isn’t going is more like it. And that’s a good thing I guess. The year started with the launch of my new stand-alone from Polis Books, ORCHARD GROVE. It’s a full-length down and dirty piece of New York noir that Booklist (Starred Review) called “A riveting story..oh, what a story it is: grisly, surprising, and page-turningly suspenseful. A terrific old-school thriller.” It’s available in hard-cover in both brick-and-mortar and digital stores all across the globe.

Also newly released is the Italian edition of MOONLIGHT SONATA from Meme Noir. I spent much of November and December touring the book in Italy with the Meme crew. We had a blast.

Next up is WHEN SHADOWS COME, a Hitchcockian style suspense thriller published by Thomas & Mercer. It’s scheduled for release on April 12 in all formats.

The newest in the Chase Baker action/adventure pulp series is now available from my own imprint, Bear Pulp. It’s calledCHASE BAKER AND THE DA VINCI DIVINITY and it’s already hit the number one spot in Occult on Amazon Kindle.

Currently I’ve just completed a new stand-alone called The Detonator and the fourth in the Jack Marconi series, THE CORRUPTIONS. Polis will be bringing the latter out in Jan. 17 in hardcover.

I’m also working on the sequel to my No. 1 Overall Amazon Kindle bestseller and Amazon “Editor’s Pick,” THE REMAINS. It’s tentatively titled, THE ASHES.

Look for a new Moonlight PI novel this year and also a short story or two. In mid-May I’ll travel to Israel and the Palestinian Territories to research the next Chase pulp novel, CHASE BAKER AND THE TRUE CROSS. I’m bringing my ballistic vest.

MoonsonataItaliancover (2)_FInalOtherwise, I’m living the good life. Lifting my weights, shooting my guns, getting in the crucial roadwork, tipping a few beers at the bar, and enjoying a nice red with a big fat juicy steak. Life’s good.

Thanks for having me Paul. As always, it’s an honor.

To purchase Zandri books, go to WWW.VINCENTZANDRI.COM

BIO:  Winner of the 2015 PWA Shamus Award and the 2015 ITW Thriller Award for Best Original Paperback Novel, Vincent Zandri is the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and AMAZON KINDLE No.1 bestselling author of more than 20 novels including THE REMAINS, MOONLIGHT WEEPS, EVERYTHING BURNS, and ORCHARD GROVE. He is also the author of numerous Amazon bestselling digital shorts, PATHOLOGICAL, TRUE STORIES and MOONLIGHT MAFIA among them. Harlan Coben has described THE INNOCENT (formerly As Catch Can) as “…gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting,” while the New York Post called it “Sensational…Masterful…Brilliant!” Zandri’s list of domestic publishers include Delacorte, Dell, Down & Out Books, Thomas & Mercer and Polis Books, while his foreign publisher is Meme Publishers of Milan and Paris. An MFA in Writing graduate of Vermont College, Zandri’s work is translated in the Dutch, Russian, French, Italian, and Japanese. Recently, Zandri was the subject of a major feature by the New York Times. He has also made appearances on Bloomberg TV and FOX news. In December 2014, Suspense Magazine named Zandri’s, THE SHROUD KEY, as one of the Best Books of 2014. A freelance photo-journalist and the author of the popular “lit blog,” The Vincent Zandri Vox, Zandri has written for Living Ready Magazine, RT, New York Newsday, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Times Union (Albany), Game & Fish Magazine, and many more. He lives in New York and Florence, Italy. For more go toWWW.VINCENTZANDRI.COM

K A Richardson

escapeWell my short story Escape, has just been published by Caffeine Nights on Amazon, Kobo etc which is incredibly exciting! I’ve even had my first ever 5* reviews!

Escape is the prequel to my upcoming novel, With Deadly Intentwhich is due out in April 2016. It’s my debut novel and I’m both excited and nervous in equal measures. It’s a crime novel set in North East England, and features Crime Scene Manager Cass Hunt, Detective Chief Inspector Alex McKay, and of course the bad guy who I can’t say too much about as wouldn’t wanna give away any spoilers. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed following their stories through and getting to know each and every one of them.

Here’s a little extract from With Deadly Intent:

Her gaze moved to the victim. A female, her face coated in a sea of red, her lifeless eyes staring out like small islands. Squinting as her eyes adjusted between artificial light and darkness, Cass guessed the woman’s age to be around mid to late twenties. A large laceration spread across the woman’s forehead, consistent with an impact on the steering wheel. Her face showed bruising to the right-hand side, and Cass furrowed her eyebrows, concentrating on the bruising.

It didn’t seem plausible that it was caused by the crash. It looked more like someone who had been beaten.

She carefully moved the torch down towards the neckline of the victim, and that’s when she saw it: a wound, heavily disguised by the amount of blood but there nonetheless. A neat but obviously deep laceration over the jugular area, which most definitely explained the additional arterial blood presence on the windscreen.

Cass pulled back quickly, retracing her steps to where the sergeant waited patiently.

‘Harry, you need to get this road closed off and outer cordons put up immediately. We need a major incident log starting and the Murder Team down here, now.’

with deadly intentBIO: KA Richardson lives in North East England with her patient husband, Peter, and her dog, Tala. She started writing with a view to publishing in 2011 when the first 20,000 words were used as the dissertation for her Masters degree, and she’s just kept writing from there.

She’s currently working on her fourth crime novel, again using the backdrop of the North East of England – her books are a series linked by overlapping characters though she uses different main characters in each one.

She’s appearing on a panel at Crimefest in Bristol in May 2016 with some other fantastic authors, and will be attending Newcastle Noir and Harrogate Crime Festival – no pressure there though as no panel appearances.

As well as writing, she works full-time for a large police force, and has experience in Crime Scene Investigation. She enjoys reading, people watching, and spending time with her friends and family, especially her lovely mum, Jeannet.

Web address – www.kerryannrichardson.com

Facebook – KA Richardson

Twitter – @kerryann77 or @karichardson77

 

 

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.

 

 

Recommended Read: Pathological by Vincent Zandri

pathalogicalA gold digging husband-to- be plans to get rid of his fiance’s disproving father. Vincent Zandri’s Pathological is a twisty, turny noir short story with a strain of black comedy running through it.  Would have made a great episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

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.

Se7en

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.

Roman Dalton – Werewolf PI UPDATES!

Roman Dalton WPI When a full moon fills the night sky, Private Investigator Roman Dalton becomes a werewolf and prowls The City‘s neon and blood soaked streets.

Created by International Thriller Writers member Paul D. Brazill.

Books so far …

Roman Dalton – Werewolf P I by Paul D. Brazill. (Available as an eBook and in paperback.)

It’s A Curse: A Roman Dalton Yarn by K. A. Laity

Insatiable: A Roman Dalton Yarn by B. R. Stateham

Chances Are: A Roman Dalton Yarn by Carrie Clevenger.

The Darke Affair: A Roman Dalton Yarn by Allan Leverone.

Booze & Ooze: A Roman Dalton Yarn by Matt Hilton.

Full Moonlight: A Roman Dalton Yarn by Vincent Zandri.

Drunk On The Moon   A Roman Dalton anthology. Stories by  Paul D Brazill,-Allan Leverone, K A Laity,B R Stateham, Julia Madeleine, Richard Godwin, John Donald Carlucci, Frank Duffy, Jason Michel, Katherine Tomlinson.

There is also a podcast of Drunk On The Moon at Crime City Central

And there’s more to come …

OUT NOW ! ! ! MURDER BY MOONLIGHT BY VINCENT ZANDRI

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THE BLURB:

‘In Murder by Moonlight, Vincent Zandri’s cunning detective Dick Moonlight returns with his toughest case yet: proving an open-and-shut murder investigation isn’t over at all.

Joan Parker is the last woman private eye Dick Moonlight would ever expect to see in his Albany office. From the right side of the tracks—neighboring Bethlehem—she bears her upper class upbringing as effortlessly as a string of pearls. She also bears a scar running down her head and face—a brutal reminder of the ax attack that took the life of her husband. Her twenty-one-year-old son, Christopher, now sits in jail charged with the crime.

According to the official report—based on Joan’s answers to police when they arrived at the house and found her barely alive—she identified Christopher as the culprit. But sitting in Moonlight’s office, she reveals that she has no recollection of the event, yet is certain of one thing: Christopher didn’t do it.

Moonlight knows a thing or two about being nearly dead. And he also knows the tragedy of the police jumping to the wrong conclusions—a past case of a falsely accused client still haunts him—so he agrees to take the job and get to the truth of what happened that day. At first the trail of clues—from the crime scene to Joan’s original accusation—keeps the finger pointed at Christopher. But soon Moonlight turns up something he never expected, something more sinister than anything he’s ever come up against.’

And if you’re a fan of Vincent Zandri’s Dick Moonlight, then why not pick up a copy of the anthology Drunk On The Moon 2  where he encounters the werewolf detective Roman Dalton in an exclusive story entitled Full Moonlight.

Short, Sharp Interview: Vincent Zandri



PDB: Can you pitch your latest publications/ projects in 25 words or less?
 
Two more Moonlight books: Blue Moonlight and Murder by Moonlight. Both being published by Thomas & Mercer in the Spring…21 words!
PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?
 
Just read Dying Memories by David Zeltserman.  Also, I loved the Hank Thompson Trilogy by Charlie Huston.  I watch and re-watch a lot of the older crime and noir classics. Chinatown I’ve seen a dozen or more times. Seven is a favorite. All the Hitchcocks. I don’t own a TV but I sometimes watch Californication on Netflix. I also watch all the Anthony Bourdaine, No Reservations, episodes. I’m a travel, food, and booze bug . 
PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?
 
In terms of, Wow this really sucks? Or this doesn’t suck? No, I don’t believe it is. You and I can pick up the latest novel by one of the really big names and recognize it for the dribble that it is simply because we write for a living. But when Johnny or Janey Q. Public pick it up and read it and then praise its every word because that’s what they are brainwashed into doing, it makes me want to keel over and die. They see the big name coming from the big publisher and they salivate. 
PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?
 
I would , for the money of course.  But also for the love of the medium.  I love movies and my stuff has been sought out by the likes of DreamWorks and other companies, but nothing bought, sold, and produced…Yet.
PDB: How much research goes into each book?
 
Depends. I’m a journalist so sometimes I go overboard.  I do on-site visits, along with library and on-line researching. Also interviews with the players if what I’m writing is based on a real event. Which it almost always is. But then there are books (Like Moonlight Rises, for instance), that I pretty much just write off the top of my head.  More recently I try and minimize the research, although I’m heading back to Venice in March to do some final field visits for my newest project-in-the-works, Precious. But hey, it’s Venice. 
 
PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?
 
I’m going to give it to you straight, no chaser. Without social media and its infinite marketing possibilities, I wouldn’t be making a living off my books. Neither would a whole lot of authors who just a couple of years ago could barely afford to put gas in the car. I was one of them.
 
PDB: What’s on the cards in 2012?
 
I’m back to traveling in March.  I’ll be in Italy for the month rewriting Precious. Then to France and California, and back to New York by the end of April.  By then the release dates for my new books with Thomas & Mercer should be made public (7 books total). 
 
As a journalist I’m keeping a close watch on developments in Iran.  That whole situation boils over, it’s possible I’ll be making a return to serious journalism for a while, while writing my books. We’ll have to see how it plays out.