Recommended Read: The Pact by Turlough Delaney

Santy is fresh out of the slammer but is more than ready to wreak violent havoc, along with his drinking cronies Leo and Dean. Delaney tells this smart tale of revenge by moving backwards and forwards in time and from different characters points of view. More than the sum of each brilliant part,The Pact is a brutal,Continue reading “Recommended Read: The Pact by Turlough Delaney”

Recommended Read: Skewered: And Other London Cruelties by Benedict J. Jones

In Skewered, the first story in this cracking collection, we are introduced to Charlie Bars who is fresh out of prison and unhappily working in his uncle’s kebab shop. When Charlie is given the chance to make some fast money he jumps at it but things quickly become, well,  skewered. Charlie Bars also appears inContinue reading “Recommended Read: Skewered: And Other London Cruelties by Benedict J. Jones”

Recommended Read: The White Flamingo by James A. Newman

In James A. Newman’s The White Flamingo, Detective Joe Dylan investigates the gruesome murder of one of Fun City’s many call girls and quickly realizes that there is a serial killer on the loose in Fun City. The White Flamingo – the third ‘Joe Dylan crime noir book ‘ – is hard-boiled pulp fiction pumpedContinue reading “Recommended Read: The White Flamingo by James A. Newman”

Recommended Read: This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith

This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith is the story of David Kelsey, a scientist whose obsession with Annabel – an ex-lover – spirals wildly and violently out of control. In the late ‘70s it was made into a French film starring Gerard Depardieu and Miou Miou but it is perhaps more fitting that it wasContinue reading “Recommended Read: This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith”

Recommended Read: The Father by Tom O. Keenan

The Father, Tom O. Keenan‘s debut novel, is an odd hybrid of the police procedural, noir, Brit Grit, black comedy and political thriller. Set in an almost futuristic, dystopian Glasgow, The Father‘s protagonist Sean Rooney is a messed up alcoholic shrink who is dragged into a murder investigation by his ex-wife, DCI Kaminski. Broody andContinue reading “Recommended Read: The Father by Tom O. Keenan”

Recommended Read: The Last Tiger by Tony Black

Maybe it’s not the sort of book you would expect from someone best known for crime fiction but Tony Black‘s The Last Tiger is certainly just as tightly put together as his crime novels. A really lovely and rich story of childhood and being a stranger in a strange land. Here’s the skinny: ‘Subject toContinue reading “Recommended Read: The Last Tiger by Tony Black”

Recommended Read: In A Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes

Dixon Steele wanders through misty post-war Los Angeles as a serial killer stalks the city. Steele himself sees the world through a dense fog that hides dark secrets, repressed memories and more. Dorothy B. Hughes’ In A Lonely Place (1950) has atmosphere in spades and is well deserved of its classic status. Here’s the blurb:Continue reading “Recommended Read: In A Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes”

Recommended Read: Nobody Wins by Michael Haskins

Michael Haskins’ ‘Nobody Wins’ is a breathless, high-octane international crime thriller with the fast-pace of an ’80s action movie. The blurb: A simple request of Mick Murphy to find his cousin Cecil Fahey turns into a struggle of avoiding irate SAS soldiers determined to kill Cecil for his IRA activities in the ’80s. Murphy’s quest takesContinue reading “Recommended Read: Nobody Wins by Michael Haskins”

Recommended Read: Meaningful Conversations by Richard Godwin

Meaningful Conversations by Richard Godwin : Dark, rich language that paints a deliciously delirious Ballardian Giallo. Here’s 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,Continue reading “Recommended Read: Meaningful Conversations by Richard Godwin”

Recommended Read: The Fall by Albert Camus

‘I have no friends, I only have accomplices now. On the other hand, my accomplices are more numerous than my friends: they are the human race.’ Jean-Baptiste Clamence, a former big shot Parisian lawyer, and self-proclaimed ‘judge-penitent’, sits in Mexico City, a smoky, pokey bar in the murky depths of Amsterdam’s red-light district. And heContinue reading “Recommended Read: The Fall by Albert Camus”

Recommended Read: Hell On Church Street by Jake Hinkson

Paul is a troublemaker. A rough and ready kind of guy, he loses his job in a Mississippi plastics factory after getting into a fight with the Foreman. So, he hits the road and ends up in Texaco. Running low on cash, he decides to rob a fat man and steal his car. But thingsContinue reading “Recommended Read: Hell On Church Street by Jake Hinkson”

Recommended Read: Frank’s Wild Years by Nick Triplow

At the start of Frank’s Wild Years, Frank Neaves’ wild years are actually buried  deeply in the dim and distant past, and he’s more than content to spend his days propping up the bar of his South London local and viewing life through an alcoholic haze. But then Carl, the landlord of the pub, goes missing and Frank is cajoled by the pub’sContinue reading “Recommended Read: Frank’s Wild Years by Nick Triplow”

Recommedned Read: Mr Glamour by Richard Godwin

‘Paul De Longe put the phone down and opened a bottle of Morey-Blanc. It was cold and smooth and biscuity.Below him the skyline of London stretched out like an inviting mistress.’ London kills you. Kills the best of us. And the worst. And in Richard Godwin‘s second novel, the brilliantly vivid  giallo, Mr Glamour, the streets ofContinue reading “Recommedned Read: Mr Glamour by Richard Godwin”