Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Russ Litten's SWEAR DOWN: 'A Postmodern Triumph' - reviewed for the Litro book club


I know, I already reviewed Swear Down a few weeks back. But when Litro asked if I'd write an extended review - Swear Down is their book club book of the month -  I took the opportunity to  further explore Russ Litten's new novel and its innovative take on modern crime fiction.

You can read the full review HERE.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

THE DEBT - A Caffeine Nights Short Shot



THE DEBT came first. Some years ago, before Frank's Wild Years was a twinkle in Dave Price's eye, I wrote a short story based around a woman who ran a south London launderette and her involvement with the family of a man she'd known all her adult life. Thanks to Caffeine Nights Short Shots series, the story is now available as a free download from Caffeine Nights' website (click the image for a link). It's also available on amazon for the knockdown price of 77p.
 
‘I look into his eyes, hoping to see a glimpse of Dave Price in there. But Dave Price has gone so fuck him and fuck his family.’
 
Jacqui’s ready for closing time at her south London launderette when Terry Price, wayward son of her old mate, local villain Dave Price, dumps a battered sports bag on the counter. Something needs cleaning and Terry’s calling in a favour, but Jacqui’s not about to put herself on the line for a debt she doesn’t owe.
 
 
Frank's Wild Years is very much still available. I'll be reading from it at Hartlepool Literary Festival when Nick Quantrill and I take The Humber Beat to Hartlepool Central Library on the evening of 6th June. Along with discussion about Ted Lewis, crime fiction, writing and publishing in the electronic age, we'll be reading from a range of old and new work. 
 
I'll be signing copies of FWY at Waterstones, Sheffield on Saturday 18 May. Anyone who feels like turning up for a chat, or to purchase a slice of quality crime fiction, I'll be there between 12.30-1.30pm.
 
Finally, for anyone who hasn't yet seen it, click HERE to see the Frank's Wild Years book trailer.
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 2 May 2013

PULP! THE CLASSICS - The Hound of the Baskervilles

 
You'll be familiar with the story - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's super sleuth Holmes goes down to the Moors in search of the legendary hound. The brilliantly inventive Moffatt and Gattiss BBC version notwithstanding, the story first found its way into the public imagination in serialised form in the Strand Magazine in 1901/02. It was the third of four Holmes novels written by Conan Doyle and stands the test of time as a great crime novel in its own right.
 
'Murder ... Mystery ... Walkies!'
 
Now a re-published edition from Pulp! The Classics, an imprint of Oldcastle books, features a vivid retro pulp cover with artwork by David Mann, tongue in cheek taglines and  orange sprayed coloured page edges. Each book in the series re-prints the complete original text and The Hound of the Baskervilles is a great addition.
 
Perfect for Holmes completists, crime fiction fans and  lovers of pulp art, it takes its place alongside The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, A Christmas Carol, Robinson Crusoe and The Picture of Dorian Gray for the pulp classics treatment.
 
'A desolate moor, a diabolical dog in need of a muzzle, and some inbred locals ...'
 
For more info, including an online game for readers to add their own pulp taglines, take a stout pair of shoes and your old service revolver over to the PULP! THE CLASSICS website.