The End of the Wasp Season (Alex Morrow, #2)
A young woman is awoken in the home of her recently departed mother by a couple of teenage boys who seem to have a bone to pick with her. Though it so ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 03, 2013
Rumble Fish
Things in life don’t come with equal weight. The biggest and heaviest impacts are when an event or a moment grab a life that is completely and utterly ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 30, 2013
Saints of the Shadow Bible (Inspector Rebus, #19)
The latest Rebus novel is a real treat. The tagline on the cover reads ‘Saint or Sinner?’ and we all know there’s no easy answer to that one. It’s his ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 25, 2014
I received my copy of Donnybrook as an advanced review copy from William Heinemann and was very excited to find it in the post on the day it arrived.

Mar 02, 2013
Mar 05, 2013
Already Gone
One of my favourite life-changing incidents in books is in Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Guy wakes up and he’s a beetle. Genius.

There’s a great life-changer
Jul 2013
Aug 15, 2013
Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock

One Man's Opinion

“When you first heard him talking about it, you’d figure he was batshit crazy, but really he was j
Jan 2010
Feb 07, 2011
The Good Son (J. McNee, #1)
McNee. That’s his name, don’t wear it out. The name used by his wife, her family and his police colleagues. At least that’s what his wife called him b ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 03, 2011
The Motel Life
‘Bad luck, it falls upon people every day. It’s one of the only certain truths. It’s always on deck, it’s always just waiting. The worst thing, the th ...more
May 2014
May 21, 2014
The Lizard's Ardent Uniform (Veridical Dreams) (Volume 1)
‘Kyle lay that way for hours, his fear of the lizard-beast bursting in to find him balanced somewhat by a child’s faith in the mystical protection aff ...more
Jun 2014
Jun 17, 2014
Of Blondes and Bullets
A new publisher really needs to hit the ground running with their first book. With Of Blondes And Bullets by Michael Young, Number Thirteen Press cert ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 15, 2014
Uncle Dust
“After enough beers, a leather jacket makes a fine blanket.”
This book grabbed my attention immediately. The cover’s fantastic. The title is superb. Th
Feb 2015
Feb 13, 2015
I had high hopes for Galveston. The tags are all there. The awards, nominations and reviews collected. The ball is in my park. It almost lived up to m ...more
Jun 2014
Jun 04, 2014
All Due Respect Issue 5
My short story cravings have been more than satisfied by the latest issue of All Due Respect magazine (number 5). This is a nicely varied collection o ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 31, 2015
Country Hardball
Steve Weddle’s Country Hardball is a tremendous collection of stories that intersect and overlap to form a major modern work. He really has put togeth ...more
Nov 2013
Nov 25, 2013
The Olive Stain and other stories
This is a lovely thing. It’s the kind of book that brings pleasure to the browsing of book stores, an unusual work that might easily go overlooked in ...more
May 2014
May 29, 2014
The Bastard Hand
The Bastard Hand. That’s one hell of a title. The great news is that
the book entirely lives up to the billing.

It’s not that long ago that here in the
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
The James Deans (Moe Prager, #3)
“Dinner was okay, if you were fond of starvation. 10-9-8’s chef’s favourite ingredient seemed to be big, mostly empty plates. Clearly, he had read too ...more
Jun 05, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
The Sisters Brothers
A short while ago, I was waxing lyrical about Edward Grainger's Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles . Mentioned that it was outstanding and ga ...more
Dec 15, 2011
Dec 18, 2011
The Chaos We Know
I’ve known chaos.

My mind won’t work in straight lines. I’ve done things that are highly irrational all my life. Lucked out many times to get through t
Oct 07, 2011
Oct 09, 2011
The Sound of Loneliness
The words of William Blake are quoted at the beginning of this novel:
‘Dear mother, Dear mother, the Church is cold, but the Alehouse is healthy, and
Mar 2013
Apr 17, 2013
What it Was
Given that George Pelecanos has been one of my long-time favourite authors, it came as quite a surprise to me to realise that I haven’t read anything ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 27, 2012
Abide With Me
I love the writing of Ian Ayris. His short fiction is outstanding, packed with images and always tapping nerve-ends and ripping at heart strings in wa ...more
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
Hypothermia (Inspector Erlendur #8)
'Hypothermia' is well named. There’s something chilling about the investigations of Detective Erlendur that runs from the first page right through to ...more
Feb 04, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
Brilliance (Brilliance Saga, #1)
In some ways, I think Brilliance is almost brilliant. There’s a huge amount to enjoy and much of it is highly engaging.
The plot is rather well put tog
May 2014
May 15, 2014
Home Invasion
Home Invasion is a real gem of a book. It tells the story of 4 generations of a family that find it hard to play straight.
We first meet Billie, a gir
Apr 2014
Apr 23, 2014
The Woman Chaser
“This is what I learned about a story at Mammoth Studios: A likeable and sympathetic hero, one who affords a good measure of viewer-identification, an ...more
Oct 2014
Oct 29, 2014
On International Women’s Day, I was lucky enough to have a few hours to myself as I waited for my children to complete various tasks and functions. My ...more
Mar 2014
Mar 12, 2014
The Monster's Wife
Kate Horsley is clearly a brave lady. She’s taken on a master work and written a sequel. In doing so, she’s produced a novel of class and beauty that’ ...more
Oct 2014
Oct 10, 2014
‘I’m a man with a goal, and I will reach that goal no matter what.’

Shug has learned well. His years with a Jarvis-Cocker-lookalike therapist during hi
Jul 2014
Jul 27, 2014
Factory Town
This next one is something you should be pre-ordering now.

It’s called [=Factory Town by Jon Bassoff=]

‘This here is a town of sin, a town of sadness, a
Aug 2014
Sep 18, 2014
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