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 …
Paris 1915, the United States’
entry to the First World War is eighteen months away. President Woodrow Wilson
is committed to keeping America out of the war. Christopher Marlowe ‘Kit’ Cobb,
American correspondent for the Chicago
Post-Express and undercover agent for the US government, is resident in the
city, ostensibly to tell the story of the volunteer American ambulance drivers
helping the war effort, their nightly convoys ferrying French wounded to the
With war raging, the city’s morale
on the verge of collapse and French authorities desperate to maintain control,
Cobb the spy is assigned to investigate a wave of bombings of civilian targets.
In the wake of one blast, he returns to pay his Café bill. His waiter catches the prevailing mood: ‘“The Barbarians,” he said. Meaning the
Germans. “They are among us.”’ Suspicion falls on infiltrators among the refugees streaming into Paris from Alsace, northern France and Belgium. Cobb picks up the bombers' trail, nav…
This weekend sees another long-held ambition realised: for Ted Lewis to be a subject on the CrimeFest Authors Remembered panel. As the festival reaches its ten year landmark, it seems timely to be sitting alongside colleagues, discussing the enduring influence of this crime fiction pioneer, particularly with a copy of Getting Carter in hand.
Since publication last year, the response to the book and interest in Lewis and his work has exceeded any and all expectations. Sometimes an untold story catches the imagination, but never without the help of friends. I'm grateful to all those who have supported Getting Carter along the way, particularly Ion Mills, Steven Mair and all at No Exit Press, Cathi Unsworth and the noir family, Paul Oliver at Soho Press / Syndicate Books, and the writers, readers, reviewers, bloggers and festival organisers who spread the word.
A year ago if anyone had told me Getting Carter would have be shortlisted for the HRF Keating award alongside writers whose w…