Sunday 12 November 2017


Another month with a few more additions to the shelves...

Amazon Purchase
Blacky Jaguar, ex-IRA hard man, devoted greaser, and overall hooligan, is furious. Someone’s made off with Polly, his 1959 Plymouth Fury, and there’s not much that can stop him from getting her back. It doesn’t take him to long to get a name, Osito, the Little Bear. This career bastard has Polly in his clutches, and Blacky doesn’t have long until she’s a memory.

The sudden burst of righteous violence gets the attention of Special Agent Linda Chen, FBI pariah and Blacky’s former flame. Linda’s out to get her man before he burns down half the Bronx and her superiors get the collar.

All roads will lead our heroes to an unassuming house in one of the worst parts of the South Bronx, where fists and bullets will surely fly, but maybe, just maybe, Blacky will find a better reason to fight than a car. The Fury of Blacky Jaguar is the story of friends, enemies, and one sweet ass ride.


“Angel Luis Colón’s writing mixes brutal violence with dark humor, but he never forgets the emotional truth of his characters. Colon and The Fury of Blacky Jaguar should be on everyone’s radar now. Readers are going to love this exciting new voice.” —Dave White, Shamus Award-nominated author of Not Even Past.

An early birthday present to myself!

An ex-cop who navigates by a moral compass stubbornly jammed at true north, Dave Wakeland is a talented private investigator with next to zero business sense. And even though he finds himself with a fancy new office and a corporate-minded partner, he continues to be drawn to cases that are usually impossible to solve and frequently don't pay.

When Wakeland is hired by a terminally ill woman to discover the whereabouts of her adopted child-who disappeared as an adult more than a decade earlier-it seems like just another in a string of poor career decisions. But it turns out this case is worse than usual, even by his standards. With only an anonymous and vaguely worded tip to guide him, Wakeland interviews an imprisoned serial killer who seems to know nothing about the case, but who nonetheless steers him toward Vancouver's terrifying criminal underworld.

And it all goes downhill from there.

Whatever ghosts drive Wakeland, they seem to drive him inexorably toward danger-a journey he's content to take so long as it means finding out what happened to someone the rest of the world seems happy enough to forget. With nothing to protect him but his wit and his empathy for the downtrodden and disenfranchised, Wakeland is on the case.

Review copy from Endeavour Press

Cop Andy Bastian is offered a thousand dollars in exchange for a favour – not an insignificant amount in the early Sixties.

He’s to deliver Ralph, the brilliant son of wealthy parents, to Kansas to be detained in a mental health facility. 

It’s a long journey from California, but they don’t get far before it’s clear they’re being followed.

Initially suspecting the boy’s father is merely keeping a close eye, it quickly becomes clear that something much more sinister is afoot.

Just who is trying to get to them?

And can he get Ralph safely to the asylum before they do?

Copy from author
When an innocent family is taken hostage in their home no one is prepared for how fast it all goes terribly wrong. With the close knit community of small town Lawrence still reeling from shock, detectives Nick Cooper and Tobe White stand among the dead bodies knowing that it’s not over. Because while grateful that at least the two young daughters survived unscathed, they now know that their father is missing, somehow impossibly vanishing from a house surrounded by police. The mystery deepens as Nick and Tobe realize that they know every gunman lying dead here – up to last night they were the leaders of the biggest criminal gang in the country. As the desperate search and rescue mission begins it soon collides with their own challenging investigation leading them into a deeper, older tragedy. Where they begin to learn just how far someone will go for those he truly, dearly hates.

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“See you in Hell.”
“I’ll be waiting.”
Turns out they were both right.
Enemies in life continue to be enemies in the afterlife in Hell, a hard boiled supernatural action horror tale.
Hell is pulpy action-noir at its best

Another Amazon purchase!

Dead girlfriend…check
Alcohol problem…check
Gambling debt…check
Looming death…check

Jack Andrelli is a private eye. He’s also a booze-sodden, big-mouthed, gambling addict with a death wish.

Haunted by the suicide of his teenage girlfriend and in hock to a gangster, Jack meets a femme fatale who offers him a case that might just solve his problems once and for all.


"Drawing Dead is a brilliant noir from one of Australia's most exciting new novelists." – Adrian McKinty, author of 'Dead I Well May Be', 'Fifty Grand', 'Falling Glass' and 'The Cold, Cold Ground'


  1. You've got yourself some interesting-sounding books here, Col. The Wormser, especially, sounds intriguing. I'll look forward to your reviews when you get to them.

    1. Thanks Margot. I believe the Wormser was originally published early 60s. I'm looking forward to it.

  2. Thanks, Col. I will be heading to Amazon for the Colon and Wormser novels.

    1. There's a second Blacky Jaguar book by Colon as well, but I'm waiting to see how I go with the first before committing.

  3. This is such a Criminal Library collection - so much your thing, you must be in noir heaven! None of them shout out to me, I'd have to be convinced by a specific review I think.

    1. Maybe the Wormser would be most up your street, though Margot has good things to say about Finn Bell.

  4. Another Sam Wiebe book and I haven't even read the one I have. I have heard a lot about Finn Bell recently, so will be interested in your take on him. And I love that top over.

    1. And Wiebe has a third out early next year. I'm keen to try Finn Bell either this one or the Award Winner. Agreed regarding the cover.