Matt Phillips’ Countdown by Jack Bantry

I’ve been a big fan of Matt Phillips since I first read THREE KINDS OF FOOL and his novella, BAD LUCK CITY. I’d go as far as saying they’re two of the best noir books I’ve read in recent years, and COUNTDOWN is right up there. Cannabis sales have been decriminalised in California, but it’s…

Recommended Reads: Abide With Me and April Skies by Ian Ayris.

In American fiction, the lines of genre are regularly blurred so that characters in the writings of ‘dirty realists’ like Nelson Algren, Harry Crews, John Fante and Charles Bukowski can comfortably inhabit the same world as those of crime fiction writers such as James M Cain, Jim Thompson and Charles Wilford.  This, of course, is a very…

Recommended Reads: Swierczynski, Lauden, Black.

Canary by Duane Swierczynski A teenage girl is arrested by the police and becomes an informant. Fast moving, smart, funny and touching, Canary is an action-packed joy. That’ll Be The Day: A Power Pop Heist by SW Lauden Straight out of the slammer, a former musician sets out to steal a rare Beatles single. Pistol…

Recommended Read: Isidora’s Pawn by Erik Hofstatter

  ‘Orrin is desperate to escape life’s crushing banalities. Enter Dores, a charismatic Spanish librarian he befriends on Instagram. With a gratuitous job offer on the cards, he travels to León and begins a night shift in a place where the broken and weary congregate in healing silence. The medieval library is painted with images…

Recommended Reads: Nolan, Gadsby.

Black Moss by David Nolan. In 1990, Manchester radio journalist Danny Johnston looks into the murder of a child while the eyes of the world are on the Strangeways prison riot. More than a quarter of a century later, he again takes up the investigation.  Black Moss is gripping, fast paced, moving, authentic, and funny,…

Recommended Reads: Rausch, Kalteis, Morr.

  Bloody Sheets by Andy Rausch Mob enforcer Coke’s son is murdered by the Ku Klux Klan and Coke heads off to redneck country to extract his bloody revenge. Bloody Sheets is a violent and powerful crime drama choc-full of great characters and crackling dialogue. Poughkeepsie Shuffle by Dietrich Kalteis In ’80s Toronto, an ex-con trying…

Recommended Read: Love Is A Grift by Graham Wynd

The first story in this tasty collection is Love Is A Grift – a twist on classic noir and crime fiction tropes that sharply changes its location – Ireland, Belgium, Finland, Scotland – and POVs – a hit-man, a femme fatale, a patsy – as it cleverly tells its tale. Hammer Films, Girl On A…

Recommended Read: Monkey Justice and Other Stories by Patricia Abbott

Patricia Abbott’s Monkey Justice stands head and shoulders above almost all short story collections out there. This is a mature and assured collection of brilliant stories that show us a great deal about the lives of  the wide range of characters. Personal favourites include ‘The Instrument Of Her Desire’, ‘Georgie’ and ‘The Squatter’ but there really isn’t a duff…

Recommended Reads:Nick Quantrill’s Joe Geraghty Novels

Broken Dreams. Nick Quantrill’s  debut novel Broken Dreams is a cracking book.  A big shot local businessman asks PI Joe Geraghty to investigate an employee’s absenteeism and the Private Investigator is soon following a muddy and bloodstained trail through the battle scarred northern city of Hull. Geraghty, like his hometown, has taken many a good kicking and…

Recommended Read: William Ryan’s Korolev Trilogy

William Ryan is deservedly getting a great deal of positive attention for his latest novel, A House Of Ghosts, but his first three novels – featuring Captain Alexei Korolev – were also more than somewhat tasty and are well worth checking out. The Holy Thief. The first of the Korolev trilogy, The Holy Thief is…