Monday, 27 July 2015

Beware the Spider's Web!

A mere four months after the release of Justice For The Damned, it's the turn of Spider's Web to make its way out into the virtual world (the hardback follows on November 5th). Two books in a year! Phew. For all you readers who devour books in a matter of days, I'm afraid to say this is the end result of more than two years' work as opposed to me being a fast writer. So I hope you enjoy what is most definitely a rare treat. The fourth Steel City Thriller picks up the story roughly a year after the events of the third book with Jim Monahan back on the case. This is the final part of a three-book story arc, so please make sure you read Angel Of Death and Justice For the Damned before getting yourself tangled up in Spider's Web.


It is all connected.

February 14th 1993. Sheffield United supporters remember it as the day their team won a famous victory against Manchester United. The date is lodged in Anna Young's brain for a different reason. That was the day her thirteen-year-old sister, Jessica, was abducted...

Fast forward twenty years. The case has long since gone cold. But Anna won't let it die. She made a promise to look after her little sister. And it's a promise she intends to keep no matter how long it takes...

A detective with one thing on his mind. Jim Monahan is equally determined to bring down a sadistic sex-ring. But everywhere he turns he finds himself entangled in a web of political power and silence. Then comes a bizarre twenty-year-old clue that might just blow the whole thing apart......


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Sunday, 1 March 2015

It's Release Day For The Ebook Of Justice For The Damned!

Another year, another Steel City Thriller hits the shelves - well, the 'virtual' shelves at least. The paperback of Justice For The Damned follows on 7 May 2015. The third book in the series picks up from directly where Angel Of Death left off. So if you haven't read Angel Of Death it would be a good idea to do so before plunging into the world of murder, corruption and perversion occupied by the heroes and villains of Justice For the Damned. And if you have read it and wondered whether the Chief Bastard got his comeuppance, you're about to find out...


Thirty years of fear. Thirty years of closed minds. It is all about to change.

A Sheffield prostitute has disappeared. With no family to fight for her, she's just the latest in a long line of missing girls stretching back three decades. Nobody cares about their names. Nobody remembers their faces. They are the unloved, the damaged, the forgotten, the damned...

Amongst the women working South Yorkshire's streets, rumours of a serial killer have long circulated. But the police's top brass don't want to know about it. Talk of serial killers panics the public and embarrasses the department...

But two very different detectives, each driven by their own dangerous obsessions, are being drawn into a murky world of perversion, murder and corruption that stretches from the streets to the corridors of power....


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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Sheffield Noir

Bleakness and beauty. Two elements vital to crime fiction. Sheffield does bleakness well. Walk a few miles in the footsteps of Angel, the former prostitute whose rage drives the plot of Angel Of Death, and you’ll see what I mean. Enter the city from the north east, as she does, and you pass through the industrial sprawl of Attercliffe. Much of the steel industry the city is famous for is gone, a victim of Thatcherite policies that dumped an entire generation on the dole scrapheap. What remains, though, has a kind of faded grandeur. The soot-blackened hulks of factories strung out like a dirty necklace along the River Don and the Tinsley Canal still thrum with defiant purpose. Crucibles of heat and sweat. Hard places for hard men, overlooked by narrow streets of terraced houses and the wider, drabber spaces of council estates.


As you near the city centre, the concrete rampart of Park Hill looms into view. A thousand flats stacked around and on top of each other like cardboard boxes. A monument to the brutality of fifties and sixties architecture and the failed idealism of creating streets in the sky. The estate was seen as revolutionary at the time it was built. But by the ’80s the dream had descended into a nightmare of social isolation, drugs and muggings, earning the estate the blackly humorous nickname from some locals of ‘San-Quentin’. Not so long ago there was talk of it being demolished. But many saw beauty in its ugliness, fighting to save and restore it.


From Park Hill the city spreads out before you like spokes of a wheel, sometimes bathed in sun, most usually shadowed by leaden clouds. A single glance can take in the glass roof of the Peace Gardens, the spire of the cathedral, the waters of the Don, the green splashes of parks, the red of Bramall Lane, the blue of Hillsborough. And beyond it all, like an encircling, protecting hand, the hills of the Peak District, a great place to take a romantic walk with your loved one...or to murder them and bury their body without being seen. Stubborn, uncompromising industry that refuses to lie down and die; brooding, weathered tower blocks that endure and are reborn; lonely moors and melancholy crags – it’s a landscape that holds a mirror up to the flawed heroes of my novels. A setting whose bleakness and beauty (much in the way Oslo does for Jo Nesbo or Stockholm for Stieg Larsson) provide the perfect raw materials for a writer seeking to explore the darker side of human nature. By happy coincidence – although the Sheffield tourist board might not agree – it’s also the place I call home.


Angel Of Death is available now from all outlets.


My new Steel City Thriller Justice For The Damned will be available in ebook from 1 March 2015 and paperback from 7 May 2015.