Recommended Read: Satan’s Sorority by Graham Wynd

In 1950’s America, Sandra’s parents send her off to a small town university in order to keep her out of trouble. While there she encounters Trixie Faust and the rest of the Sigma Tau Nu sorority. Blood, sex and satanism quickly ensure.In spades! Satan’s Sorority by Graham Wynd is a smart, witty and marvelously well written…

Recommended Read: Donny Jackal by Paul Matts

It’s 1978, and young Donald Jackson is stuck in a dead-end job and in a dead-end town. But Donald is invigorated by the punk music revolution that is sweeping the country and he dreams of being the singer in a punk rock band. When a local band’s vocalist dies, Donald has his chance … Paul…

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…