Saturday 3 June 2017


Six more good looking beauties to get my reading teeth into.....

Cheers to Lee Goldberg at Brash Books for this - Mark Rogers' Red Thread was enjoyed a month or so ago!

A Daring, Inventive New Crime Novel

Wes buys a carwash in LA’s Koreatown and gets a young Korean wife he’s never met as part of the bargain. The catch? Her five previous husbands were murdered before the honeymoon. Now Wes has a ring on his finger and a target on his back…and is caught in the middle of a centuries-old blood feud that won’t end until he’s either dead or the last husband standing.

"'Koreatown Blues' is a refreshing, lively novel that holds out hope that sometimes, if you're a decent guy, people will help you find original solutions to some very grim problems." Thomas Perry, New York Times Bestselling author

"Mark Rogers knows that the stylish, polished picture frame in which we live is riddled with holes, in which worms live." James Sallis, author of Drive

"Mark Rogers delivers a genuinely fresh take on a modern crime novel. It’s fast and witty, with an eye for character and pacing that reads like early Charlie Huston." Jay Stringer, author of Ways to Die in Glasgow
Review copy from Akashic Books courtesy of Edelweiss Above the Treeline site!
A secret agent out of John Le Carré . . . A spoiled priest-hero out of Graham Greene . . . Pete Hamill’s high-voltage debut novel of suspense, set in Vatican City, details a plot to kill the Pope. Fifty years after its original publication, the book will be as gripping to readers in 2018 as it was in 1968.

Aussie crime from the author!
You're driving along a lonely outback road when suddenly a kangaroo leaps out in front of you. Your car is wrecked and then things rapidly go downhill from there as you find yourself under attack from a pack of wild dogs. Having survived that, you cross bloody paths with a pair of violent criminals who've murdered two people on a remote Aboriginal community.

And then things go REALLY pear-shaped as you find yourself caught up on a rollercoaster of bloody revenge that takes you to the other side of the globe and to the edge of madness.
Sorry Time is a breakneck story that offers a rich and entertaining reading experience, and will travel well to film. You'll meet a cast of memorable characters like Glen of the Outback, who claims to be the man in the orange T-shirt in a David Bowie clip, and rat-faced mortuary attendant Mal Kite, who runs a profitable sideline stealing valuables from bodies. And last but not least, the villain of the piece, Ali Fazir, a meth addict with a penchant for beheading. The story is steeped in an ominous, occult sub-current as Dreamtime spirits lash out after the removal of a fabulous opal from an Aboriginal burial ground.

Mike McCrary and Remo no.2 - copy from the author!
Remo Cobb was down on his luck before, but not like this. In the blink of an eye his flashy life of being a big money, heavy drinking, pill popping attorney came to a screeching halt. After being fired from the highfalutin law firm following a violent altercation, his days of wheeling and dealing for the accused are over. Now, all he wants to do is pick up the shattered remains of his life and spend some time getting to know his son, but the law isn’t ready to let him go. Not yet. One huge favor could mean the difference between moving on or getting used to living under law enforcement’s thumb. It’s either team up with a band of unlikely cohorts to take down a powerful former client or go directly to jail. The renowned Remo Cobb may have finally met his match, but he’s not ready to go down. Not without a fight. Remo Went Down is the second book in the Remo Cobb series picking up right where the fast-paced, pulp fun of Remo Went Rogue left off.

Net Galley book - 3rd in Clifford's Jay Porter series.
Three years have passed since estate-clearing handyman Jay Porter almost lost his life following a devastating accident on the thin ice of Echo Lake. His investigative work uncovering a kids-for-cash scandal may have made his hometown of Ashton, New Hampshire, a safer place, but nothing comes without a price. The traumatic, uncredited events cost Jay his wife and his son, and left him with a permanent leg injury. Jay is just putting his life back together when a mysterious stranger stops by with an offer too good to be true: a large sum of cash in exchange for finding a missing teenage boy who may have been abducted by a radical recovery group in the northern New Hampshire wilds. Skeptical of gift horses and weary of reenlisting in the local drug war, Jay passes on the offer. The next day his boss is found beaten and left for dead, painting Jay the main suspect. As clues begin to tie the two cases together, Jay finds himself back on the job and back in the line of fire.

Award winning crime debut - copy from author!

Southall, West London.
Recently released from prison, Zaq Khan is lucky to land a dead-end job at a builders' yard. All he wants to do is keep his head down and put his past behind him.
But when he has to search for his boss's runaway daughter it quickly becomes apparent he's not simply dealing with family arguments and arranged marriages as he finds himself caught up in a deadly web of deception, murder and revenge.
With time running out and pressure mounting, can he find the missing girl before it's too late? And if he does, can he keep her - and himself - alive long enough to deal with the people who want them both dead?


  1. You've got some interesting-sounding books there, Col. I'll be especially interested in what you think of the Rogers and the Clifford when you get to them.

    1. Margot cheers, lots to look forward to.

  2. Koreatown Blues sounds interesting to me. Tracy says it seems very familiar so perhaps I have noticed it before or even it is sitting around in the house.

  3. Good stuff there, Col. Pete Hamill was a big-time, New York newspaper columnist. I have a couple of collections of his columns. He also wrote a terrific memoir called, A DRINKING LIFE.

    1. I've heard of Hamill previously, which got me interested in this book. I've never read him before though.

  4. Of this list, Koreatown Blues sounds the most interesting. All of them sound violent and gritty, your kind of books.

    1. Definitely my kind of thing Tracy. Looking forward to you and Glen reading Koreatown Blues!

  5. I'm interested in the top two, and the fifth one - I'll go and look them up. Koreatown Blues is a great title. And us old Irish Catholics can always be lured in by the Vatican.

    1. I wasn't expecting such a positive vibe back from you Moira. If anything the Vatican setting nearly put me off the Hamill book. ...I'll repent, Bless me Father for I have sinned...

    2. I have downloaded Koreatown Blues - your recommendations are really working lately!

    3. Excellent choice! Hope it goes well. I'm guessing the Newton Thornburg one didn't work out so well or haven't you read it yet?

    4. Haven't read it yet! Sitting on the Kindled. However I HAVE read Koreatown Blues - watch the blogspace soon...

    5. Oh wow, looking forward to it Moira!