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One for My Baby: a novella
One for My Baby: a novella
by Barry Graham
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Old school Noir, with a modern twist, 16 Mar 2014
It's testament to Barry Graham's skill as a writer that he has managed to distill all the classic elements of Noir into such a short, potent story. In clean, spare prose the tale grabs you from the first page and doesn't let up for even a second. The protagonist, Mark, could easily have been a creation of David Goodis or Jim Thompson if they had been around today to utilise the full spectrum of our modern malaise. This is the dark side of the American dream: blunt and brutal and every page is painfully portrayed by one of the greatest practitioners of the dark novel working today. A full five stars, and very well earned.


The Marksman
The Marksman
by Hugh C Rae
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime fans: Get this in your sights ..., 9 Jan 2014
This review is from: The Marksman (Paperback)
What a find. A taut, mean Scottish thriller written in the most memorable of prose. Hugh C. Rae seems to be little known these days in crime-writing circles and that is perhaps the real mystery of this book. Take just one example of his writing, from the very first page:

"Ranges of high-rise flats, office developments and the buttes of a new components plant rose up from the ridges. The flanks of the low delta of the Wickerburn were scarred with demolition pits and smouldering junk fires purled hanks of oily smoke across the excavated earth."

The quality continues throughout the rest of the book with a pacy plot that never leads the reader astray but makes sure every chicane is a blind turn into new territory.

All the players are three-dimensional, not necessarily nice, but this is Scottish crime fiction at its brutal best; would you really want to befriend those from an underworld where blood is the argument?

I can't shovel praise high enough. The Marksman is the grittiest, most literate Scottish crime novel I've read in years. This out-of-print classic deserves a new audience, a new publisher and digital distribution to the wider core of crime fans. Someone get on that, please ...


A Taste for Malice (The McBain Series)
A Taste for Malice (The McBain Series)
Price: 2.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Follow-Up, 7 Aug 2013
Michael Malone has delivered a worthy follow-up to last year's excellent Blood Tears. The writing is just as pin sharp but what makes this book stand out in a market teaming with Tartan Noir is the humour amidst the grit. Another find for aficionados of the Celtic crime pack.


Curvy Lovebox
Curvy Lovebox
Price: 3.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Touch of klarse..!, 13 Jun 2013
This review is from: Curvy Lovebox (Kindle Edition)
Another delve into the shady underside of city life with the undisputed master, Nick Barlay. Some lovely characterisation backed up by deadly demotic makes this a must read for all who like their lit a little different. Can't recommend highly enough.


The Rapist
The Rapist
Price: 3.02

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of seriousness, 10 April 2013
This review is from: The Rapist (Kindle Edition)
The Rapist's narrator has the same overweening self-importance as Nabokov's Humbert Humbert and the Lolita comparisons don't end there. At times you don't want to look, you want to wash your mind out but this compelling work, told in bleakly sonorous prose, pulls you back. Les Edgerton has produced that rare thing: a book of seriousness.


The Hard Bounce
The Hard Bounce
by Todd Robinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Tough as they come ..., 20 Feb 2013
This review is from: The Hard Bounce (Hardcover)
The Hard Bounce is a blistering, heady mix of harboiled and noir styles but the resultant ring is as true as sniper fire. From line one Robinson hooks his reader and stamps his intention to thrill through every page of his edgy debut. As a reader I found myself whoop-whooping along to his dextrous prose and hair-pin plot turns. This is firey stuff. But be warned: you may need to fumigate your brain after reading to stop these characters taking root there.


Get Out As Early As You Can (Scottish Urban Gothic Book 3)
Get Out As Early As You Can (Scottish Urban Gothic Book 3)
Price: 4.11

5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Master, 10 Feb 2013
I picked up this collection on a dreary Sunday afternoon and before I knew it I'd read the lot in one sitting. Don't expect the beige mainstream; Graham has his own unique voice and passions. A lyrical, heart-felt master of the form. Do expect exceptional storytelling though--you won't be disappointed.


The Fix
The Fix

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 22 Jan 2013
This review is from: The Fix (Kindle Edition)
Rarely do I pick up a novel from a new author and find myself so engaged. Keith Nixon writes with a unique flair and humour - skills that can't be taught to the creative writing wanabees - and I devoured every word. The Fix isn't your everyday crime novel, it's better than that. It's an original. Five stars.


The Hunter [DVD]
The Hunter [DVD]
Dvd ~ Willem Dafoe
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: 7.14

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class, 5 Nov 2012
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This review is from: The Hunter [DVD] (DVD)
The demise of the Tasmanian Tiger is a sad and shameful episode in Australian history and a comment on man's insatiable lust for land. The Hunter does justice to the tiger story and even adds a layer to the saga, updating the historic significance with a pinch of corporate greed. It's a heartfelt and moving story, beautifully acted with very few flaws. Don't expect a Holywood-style happy ending and don't expect the thrills and spills of other 'man with a gun' movies. The Hunter is different. Top class. Five-stars.


Alt.Human
Alt.Human
by Keith Brooke
Edition: Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this World..!, 26 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Alt.Human (Paperback)
Not the biggest Sci-fi fan in the world but a huge fan of good writing and Alt.Human is an exceptional book. From page one the author drops you into a future that is all too real and at once invigorating. The protagonist is believable and well-realised - unlike some other forays into the genre I've noticed - but the five-star decider for me was the story. Keith Brooke is a fine storyteller, he knows when to hold back and when to reveal something to his reader. This novel will grip you tight from start to finish. Just outstanding.


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