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About Andrew Hook
Andrew Hook is an established writer with over 160 separate short story sales and several books in print. He has been a British Fantasy Award finalist, an award-winning editor, and a radio presenter. In addition to his crime novels his most recent books are Frequencies of Existence, a collection of SF stories, published by NewCon Press, and O For Obscurity, Or, The Story Of N, a biography of the Mysterious N Senada, written in collaboration with the avant-garde San Francisco art collective known as The Residents.
Discover Mordent’s first bubblewrap love, how his relationship with Kovacs was forged, what the ingredients are for mobster thermidor, and how Francesca Albright rose to fame. Each of these nine stories puts a neo-noir twist on the genre conventions of bums and dames, corruption and perversion, and cops and informers; all played out on rain-soaked streets amid a shadow-filled city.
Meanwhile, Mordent’s past has begun to catch up with him. Not only are murders involving bubblewrap stacking up and suggesting his involvement, but he receives a communication from a mysterious woman claiming to be his daughter. To solve the case Mordent is forced to re-examine previous relationships and deal with some uncomfortable truths, in a trail which takes him from the graveyard to taxidermy and back again. But who can you trust when there’s so much to fear?
The Happy Finish is the final book in a series of exciting novels putting a neo-noir twist on the crime novel in addition to a healthy dose of black humour.
When a second body appears similarly aged Mordent gets pulled into rival gang leaders’ quests for immortality, a race where the objective is not to finish. And it becomes personal when Marina, a psychic, disappears after she has tipped off the police about the whereabouts of the second body. Mordent had unfinished business with her…
The Immortalists is the first of a series to feature Mordent; an irascible, anachronistic PI with a noir sensibility and bubblewrap fetish.
Meanwhile, Mordent’s informant friend, Hubie, asks him to tail his girlfriend, Catherine, suspecting her interest in the BDSM scene is greater than she has admitted. As Mordent unravels Catherine’s seemingly platonic relationship with local businessman, Ransome, connections lead back to his original assignment and an abandoned investigation into a series of killings within the local Vietnamese community.
Could it be that everything is interconnected?
All the trails lead to the Church of Wire. Yet does this surrealist religious sect really lie at the heart of the killings?
Church of Wire is the second in a series of exciting crime novels putting a neo-noir twist on the genre conventions of bums and dames, corruption and perversion, and cops and informers; all played out on rain-soaked streets amid a shadow-filled city.
In 2003 The Virtual Menagerie was short-listed for a British Fantasy Society Award for best collection, alongside works by Steven King, Ursula Le Guin, Clark Ashton Smith, and Ramsey Campbell (who claimed the award).
"The best stories here are among the finest that the independent press has to offer." Pete Tennant, The Third Alternative
"A collection that is enigmatic, dark, occasionally amusing, occasionally sad, quite often infuriating, but always classy." Dave Price
"A strong collection." Time Out
"This collection of disturbing vignettes and cleverly fractured narratives is full of exciting language and seductive philosophical insight. Andrew Hook is a wonderfully original writer." Graham Joyce, World Fantasy Award winner
In Beyond Each Blue Horizon, Hook proves himself a master of slipstream. His stories range from the darkly apocalyptic to the hopefully visionary, some brilliant and none less than satisfactory." Dru Pagliassotti, The Harrow
"An honest, intense, immensely readable feast of good writing and startlingly original ideas and vivid characterisations that will stay with the reader for a long time after the book is closed. I tried to read it slowly, I couldn't. It pulled me in, intrigued me and wouldn't let go until I reached the last page." Terry Gates-Grimwood, Whispers of Wickedness
"The best way to read it is to treat yourself to at most one story a day, with other reading in between to resensitise your imagination for the broiling Hook is going to give you afresh each time." Djibril, The Future Fire
Oh, and then, of course, there are the zombies…
"There are some beautifully described moments of slick gore that left me cringing... This is natural and real, which really helps bring the piece to life and helps those shivers trickle down your spine." – Sarah Pinborough
“A work that addresses metaphysical and philosophical concerns… Hook has a lot of fun with the idea of the zombie apocalypse, low key at first but escalating to a crescendo courtesy of hordes of the living dead.” – Peter Tennant, Black Static.
"An existentialist zombie story! Funny and clever." – Andrew Humphrey
"Andrew Hook is a wonderfully original writer." – Graham Joyce