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Posted on 29 Jun 2012 20:44:02 BDT
Two fast-paced, action-filled newspaper thrillers. Quick reads for the beach or cottage.

DEADLINE

The Scorpion

The Scorpion will be available free on Kindle July 1-3 and Book #1, Deadline, will be reduced in price during this promo.

Posted on 29 Jun 2012 22:42:06 BDT
For Danny Lancaster - ex-paratrooper turned private detective - it should have been a simple job.
His client - the beautiful Countess Camilla D'Allessi - hires Afghanistan veteran Danny to watch Seventies rock star Mickey "Tattoo" Carpenter, see what he does, who he meets.
But Danny's nosey nature gets the better of him. Camilla's "simple" surveillance job leads him to a grisly discovery at a remote Cornish farmhouse.
Then the bodies start to pile up. A young girl is dead from a drug overdose, another lies in a coma. Someone is out to take revenge on the dinosaur rock band Death Squad.
Suddenly, Danny is wanted for murder. All he has going for him is supreme fitness, a talent to duck and dive and an unshakeable belief that, "something'll turn up".
Only he can prove his innocence. And to do that he has got to stay out of a prison cell.
Nothing will stop Danny hunting down the two murderous maniacs and their mystery backer for a final high-octane showdown of mud and fire.
Death Squad (Danny Lancaster Investigates)
www.billtodd.co.uk

Posted on 1 Jul 2012 17:16:32 BDT
In celebration of Canada Day July 1, our Independence Day, my second thriller The Scorpion is currently available free on Kindle until July 3. My first novel DEADLINE is on sale at only 75 p until July 3. Paperbacks are also available at www.Amazon.com. The Scorpion is coming later this month to Kobo, Nook, Apple and other ebook formats.

God Save Our Queen in this 60th Jubilee!

Posted on 1 Jul 2012 17:52:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jul 2012 16:30:36 BDT
Seb Kirby says:
Hi

Just to say that my second thriller Double Bind is available for the first time on Kindle today.

It's a psychological thriller. Here's the back cover:

Identity is precious.

What if you saw someone just like you with the one you love? Not just like you. Someone who is you.

What would you do to uncover the truth?

Successful writer Raymond Bridges must unravel a mystery that goes to the heart of his being and raises irresolvable doubts about his identity.

A quest that leads him to question so much of what he finds in the world around him - even Victoria's love.

69,000 words, about 260 print pages.

Please take a look.

Best wishes

Seb

Posted on 2 Jul 2012 08:31:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jul 2012 17:09:50 BDT
Hi Seb,
Well done getting another book out.

Still FREE until 8 am GMT tomorrow

HIDING THE ELEPHANT (Simon Grant Mysteries)

#8 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Police Procedurals
#17 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Literary Fiction

Posted on 2 Jul 2012 16:57:24 BDT
Seb:

Congrats on the new book. Hope it does well.

The Scorpion is still free on Kindle until July 3. My first novel DEADLINE is on sale at only 77p until July 3. Paperbacks are also available at www.Amazon.co.uk The Scorpion is now #58 in free Crime, Thrillers and Mystery on Amazon UK. Thanks to my British supporters. God Save Our Queen in her Diamond Jubilee.

Posted on 2 Jul 2012 20:35:53 BDT
America's Unknown Wars - free through July 5. They may have been America's wars, but two of them were fought under the British flag! Hope you enjoy these essays - history doesn't have to be dull!

Posted on 2 Jul 2012 20:45:48 BDT
Roger Cave says:
Seb

Congrats on the new book, it looks like it's doing well, and so it should.

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 10:39:19 BDT
Ignite says:
Seb's new book Double Bind is quite different but thoroughly gripping. I love to see an author brave enough to follow a successful book in one genre with a story in another genre. Versatility! There's still murder and mystery and the thriller element that he did so well in Take No More (The murder mystery thriller). Its got that Sci-fi, 'could it happen' sort of edginess to it - I really couldn't' stop reading it.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 11:15:58 BDT
mountainmama says:
That's wonderful news Seb! I liked/tagged, and placed on my wish list. Looks like it's already getting some notice. Best of luck.

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 17:02:02 BDT
A new review for DEADLINE by Mark Rayner, one of my former reporters. Mark is also the author of: Pirate Therapy and Other Cures, The Amadeus Net and Marvellous Hairy.

4.0 out of 5 stars A great beach book!, July 2, 2012
By Mark A. Rayner "Best regarrrrrrds!" (London, Ontario, CANADA) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: DEADLINE (Paperback)
Deadline has everything you want from a thriller - lots of action, tons of plot, and yes, a relentless drive towards the resolution. There's a word for that in newspaper terms, I'm pretty sure...

In the interests of transparency, I should point out that the author is an ex-editor of mine, so I may have some reporting bias! That said, I don't normally read thrillers, but I still ripped right through this one.

And if you enjoy this book, there is a sequel: The Scorpion

Just a reminder, this is the last day to get The Scorpion free.

Posted on 4 Jul 2012 08:43:14 BDT
FREE for today only, 4th July, Past Imperfect A classic thriller set between France, California and London, which in 2007 was entered in a top ten all time best legal thrillers list. Details below:

Two boys. One Murder. Sometimes justice takes more than a lifetime.

A car accident in California, a deadly assault in Provence, and two boys 30 years apart are left battling for their lives.

Dominic Fornier is the detective who finds himself at the heart of the investigation. A simple provincial case that becomes one of the largest and most important in French criminal history.

Fornier's only hope is to prove the link between the two boys thirty years apart. A compulsive journey through forensic, medical and psychiatric evidence between France, the USA and London; a breathless paper chase of clues from a young boy's psyche... and a desperate race against time with a killer who will stop at nothing.

Reviews:

The Times
'Matthews maintains the suspense... an engrossing odyssey into the seamy side of a world that is so near, yet sometimes seems so far. Compulsive reading.'

Time Out
'Impressive... strong characterization and a relentless race against time to avert the worst carry the reader along the thick pages of this psychological and legal thriller with a difference.'

Prima
'Intriguing thriller (with a) ...dogged and sexy French detective. Treat yourself.'

Cork Examiner
'One of the most compelling novels I've read... an ambitious and big novel which will keep you enthralled to its last page.'

Yorkshire Post
'A classy, well-written and unusual thriller.'

Dublin Evening Herald
'Matthews delivers one of the best debut thrillers in years, brave, ambitious and remorselessly entertaining. Past Imperfect is a stormer.'

Posted on 4 Jul 2012 16:40:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jul 2012 16:41:23 BDT
Seb Kirby says:
Hi

Thanks for those best wishes.

Here's the full version of Ignite's review of Double Bind:

'Seb Kirby has taken a new direction in his second novel. I would call it science fiction although it still contains elements of mystery and murder as in his debut novel Take No More (The murder mystery thriller). Imagine not only the sort of identity theft where someone steals your credit card and passwords but where s/he effectively becomes you. The physical resemblance is so close it fools your nearest and dearest. This is not Sci-fi in the tentacled green monsters or whizzy machines sense but it concerns the potential destruction of our planet at our own hands and those who wish to move in and make use of it.

I began by suspecting the narrator, Raymond Bridges, of concocting the story for his own ends but as the book progressed I found him a sympathetic character and was really rooting for him. Had I been a nail-biter I'd have been up to my elbows by about 85%. The chapters are short so it's tempting just to read another... and another! The book is narrated by a character who is not familiar with the use of the past tense and initially this takes a little getting used to. It doesn't hinder the flow of the story though and I found it an effective ploy for distancing him from others.

This is a book that hooks you early on and as the plot unfolds, it's hard to stop reading. An excellent story and really well told.'

It wasn't until I thought about this that I realised that the best description of the book is as a scifi thriller. Or even a murder mystery scifi thriller. Perhaps that's not one of the ready made categories. I wonder what readers will make of that?

Best wishes

Seb

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 17:25:02 BDT
ANN SELF says:
Spooky thriller situated in US. Stone mansion, high-dollar showhorses, mystery, romance and intrigue. Three-book series.

SOMETHING MOST DEADLY , SOMETHING VERY GHOSTLY , and SOMETHING MOST EVIL .

Clean, long-term romance. Over 100,000 words each book. (Now only published in digital). American author.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2012 11:33:55 BDT
mountainmama says:
Fabulous review, Seb! Can't wait to read it myself.

Posted on 5 Jul 2012 11:39:25 BDT
Travelman says:
Hello everyone. My new political thriller set in West Africa during the turbulent sixties is now available on Kindle.
It's 110,000 words long and is called The Mine
Here's the description.
The Mine is a political thriller set in Nibana, an imaginary West African state, several years after gaining independence from the British in 1962. With the Eastern Region about to secede and Nibana heading for civil war, the head of state invites an archaeology professor and his team to investigate some ruins in the Northern Region. The professor's astonishing finds initiate a chain of extraordinary events that lead to abduction. A police investigation ensues, but becomes complicated when an Eastern Bloc country is commissioned to print currency for the secessionists, and an MI6 agent, working with the police, must hinder the secession by sabotaging the currency. An abandoned mine becomes the focal point when the agent, police and archaeologists are incarcerated there and discover its secret. Murder, breathtaking corruption, river pirates and rogue army officers; Ken Ryeland manipulates these ingredients in his usual consummate way to provide an exciting political thriller.

Posted on 5 Jul 2012 16:52:16 BDT
Danny Lancaster - ex-paratrooper, private detective, optimist, hero

Henry had lunched at the restaurant several times before but it wasn't really his scene. The food was as good as a foul-mouthed celebrity chef could dream up but he preferred proper portions. And the place was a little too showbiz for his taste.
At the next table was another familiar face he couldn't put a name to, some rent-a-quote MP who fancied himself as a wit and social commentator. Tweeted about everything including his breakfast. Henry recalled the man appearing on Question Time when they couldn't find anyone better at short notice.
As he looked around again his eyes flicked to a blonde in a dress that was too short and a size too tight. Henry thought he knew the woman's face but couldn't recall whether she was the one in the soap opera or the cop show. She looked older in the flesh.
Henry recalled frequent pap pictures of her suffering wardrobe malfunctions as she fell out of some fashionable club in the early hours. These were usually followed by pictures of her looking pale and remorseful as she arrived at or left The Priory.
Henry wondered who her PR man might be. The guy was good.

"Witty, gory, sexy, educational in parts, it's a fantastic read" -The Sun

The Wreck Of The Margherita (Danny Lancaster Investigates)

Posted on 5 Jul 2012 16:55:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jul 2012 22:03:15 BDT
Seb Kirby says:
mountainmama

Glad you liked the review.

As the review says, it's a change from my first. But I'm now resuming work on the follow up to Take No More - temporalily and unsurprisingly called TNM2.

Best wishes

Seb

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2012 17:50:20 BDT
mountainmama says:
TNM2 - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. It worked for the first one!

Posted on 5 Jul 2012 18:51:19 BDT
Roger Cave says:
Seb
So what you thinking of for a permanent title - No More to Give?

Seriously though, well done on those reviews, it's excellent to see.

Posted on 5 Jul 2012 21:10:04 BDT
Seb Kirby says:
MM

Thanks!

Roger

Hi, Something with 'No More' in it. But I have to write it first.

How goes your writing?

Best wishes

Seb

Posted on 6 Jul 2012 17:52:18 BDT
Murder On The Danube (Robbie Cutler Diplomatic Mysteries) - a thriller set in Budapest, just right for your weekend reading! Download the free sample, and you're halfway there!

Posted on 6 Jul 2012 20:04:07 BDT
Ignite says:
Seb, I think Sci-fi thriller really sums it up. It's a great read, a memorable story and a lovely, if slightly strange, narrator!

Posted on 6 Jul 2012 22:00:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jul 2012 22:01:10 BDT
Seb Kirby says:
Ignite

Agreed. Double Bind does have sci-fi elements. But that suggests more of an Ian M Banks experience and, as you note, it's not really like that.

I've been also looking at doppelganger thriller as a description. Especially now Jesse Eisenberg is going to star in a film version of Dostoyevsky's 'The Double'. I see that's starting shooting in late July in Reading, UK. Anyone who wants a part as an extra can apply up to the closing date of 25th July!

There's a strong possibility that doppelganger stories will become a mini trend. I hope so, anyway. I'd love the book to be seen in that light.

So, why wait until the end of the year for Jesse Eisenberg. Read 'Double Bind' now. That sort of message.

Best wishes

Seb

Posted on 7 Jul 2012 10:27:18 BDT
Ignite says:
I did try to point out that it's not standard science fiction in any way. I hadn't heard of 'doppleganger thriller' as a book genre though it's obvious what it means! It's certainly a gripping psychological thriller - see, we're saying thriller consistently, whatever else we call it!
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