|Tom Kakonis, William Ryan, David Finkel, Colin Bateman, Joe R. Lansdale,|
|Book 7 - Hap Collins and Leonard Pine!|
|One of my favourite books of all time, I've read it twice and I'm ready to go again!|
"A sure narrative voice, a richly shaded hero and heroine, nightmare-vivid villains, and a plot paved with switchbacks and big curves add up to classy, if brutal, crime entertainment: this one cooks," Kirkus Reviews
"Aptly compared to Elmore Leonard, Kakonis builds exquisite tension." Publishers Weekly
"Original, brutal, nightmarish. Kakonis is a sharp new gambler in the literary crap game. He just takes the pot,"
The New York Times
|Non-fiction travelogue, looking at the weirdness of the US.|
|John Baker, Gerald Seymour, Gregory McDonald, Scott Wolven, Barry Eisler,|
|Stories of prison, crime and men!|
Controlled Burn is divided into two sections: "The Northeast Kingdom" and "The Fugitive West." In each, Scott Wolven reveals a broken world where there is no bottom left to hit. In the haunting "Outside Work Detail," convicts stoically dig graves for their fellow prisoners yet reserve their deepest grief for the senseless death of a deer. "Crank" introduces Red Green, a maniacally brilliant addict who brews his own crystal meth in a backwoods lab, and whose high-energy antics inspire both cautious admiration and mortal fear in his business associates. In "Ball Lightning Reported," Red Green's ultimate fate is revealed. In "Atomic Supernova," a revenge-obsessed sheriff deputizes a known cop-killer to help him hunt down a counterfeiter and drug lord. The unexpectedly tender and heartbreaking "The Copper Kings" concerns a father facing the dark truth behind his son's disappearance. And in "Vigilance," a hunted man struggles to escape his past, always yearning for an honorable yet perhaps unreachable future.
Powered by a spare, ruminative prose style that recalls the best of Denis Johnson and Thom Jones, Controlled Burn is an unforgettable debut.
|Arnaldur Indridason, Albert French, Mark Jacobson, Bill Pronzini x 2|
|Nameless number thirty-something from Bill Pronzini!|
|Non-fiction account of Vietnam and the US - a black man in a white world.|
Personal, lyrical, and extraordinary, Patches of Fire is a memorable exploration of the black soldier's experience in Vietnam, the plight of the Vietnam veteran, and the redemptive power of writing.
With the same passion for truth and stunning honesty that marks his highly acclaimed fiction, Albert French's remarkable memoir tells the story of a young man's encounter with a war and with deaths beyond his understanding; of his return to a country torn by racial unrest in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and of his painstaking efforts to defeat his inner demons and make a place for himself as a black man in white America.
With a starkness tempered by humor, French brings to life the horrors of Vietnam, and recounts in compelling detail his uneasy tenure as a newspaper photographer, his heady days as publisher of his own magazine, his confrontations with the ghostly images of Vietnam that haunted his dreams--and the sense of renewal and purpose he achieved as a novelist.
|Hugh C. Rae, C. J. Box, David Corbett, Buddy Giovinazzo, Leif Davidsen,|
|Joseph O'Neill, Bill Pronzini, Russel D. MacLean, Howard Marks, Don Winslow,|
|Don Winslow - Frankie the hitman!|
Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex - surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront when he's not juggling any of his other three part-time jobs or trying to get a quick set in on his longboard. He's a stand-up businessman, a devoted father to his daughter, and a beloved fixture in the community.
And then things go really bad.
|Don Winslow, Adam Baron, Martin Cruz Smith, Derek Raymond, Daniel Jeffreys,|
|Hugh C. Rae - Scottish crime from the 60s!|
Tale of a pathological killer at large in a quiet Scottish community.
|Elmore Leonard, David Goodis x 4,|
|40s and 50s crime,|
|Len Deighton, John King, Mark Powell, Rod Kane, Richard Ford,|
For Joe, the summer of 1977 meant punk rock, fun and violence. Fast forward to 1988 and Joe is on the Trans-Siberian express coming to terms with his best mate's suicide back in 1977. In the present, Joe still has to come to terms with Smiles's death.
|Iain McDowall, David Baldacci, Jeffery Deaver, John Sandford, Ian Rankin,|
|Police procedural - 2nd in a series of 7 from Scottish author,|
|Cass Pennant, Sam Hill, Eugene Izzi, Jason Pinter, Donald Goines,|
With a hot blonde and two million in cool cash on the line, small-time hustler "Tone" Nello is ready to score. But there are those out there willing to make sure the only thing Tone scores is a bullet. On the mean streets of Chicago there are plenty of crooks, and when they killed George's father they made a big mistake. Now he is after revenge from Tone--tooong man.
"Right up there with Elmore Leonard and Ed McBain".--Chicago Sun Times.
For twenty-three years of his life Donald Goinse lived in the dark, despair-ridden world of the junkie. It started while he was doing military service in Korea and ended with his murder at the age of thirty nine. He had worked up to a hundred dollars a day habit and out of the agonizing hell came Dopefiend! It is the shocking nightmare story of a black heroin addict. Trapped in the festering sore of a major American ghetto, a young man and his girlfriend- both handsome, talented, and full of promise- are inexorably pulled into death of the hardcore junkie!
|Tub 75 put to bed!|
HIGHLIGHTS...... I'm looking forward to Tom Kakonis, Don Winslow, Hugh C. Rae, Joe R. Lansdale, and others.
LOWLIGHTS....... Not sure I want to read David Baldacci to be honest. Everything he writes seems to be the size of a housebrick - as I keep telling my wife "size isn't everything"
FULL LIST OF 50 AS FOLLOWS:
|BAKER||JOHN||POET IN THE GUTTER||1995||ST1|
|BALDACCI||DAVID||THE WHOLE TRUTH||2008||S+KJ1|
|BARON||ADAM||IT WAS YOU||2004||BR4|
|BOX||C. J.||TROPHY HUNT||2004||JP4|
|CORBETT||DAVID||BLOOD OF PARADISE||2007|
|CRUZ SMITH||MARTIN||HAVANA BAY||1999||AR4|
|DAVIDSEN||LEIF||THE WOMAN FROM BRATISLAVA||2009|
|DEAVER||JEFFERY||GARDEN OF BEASTS||2004|
|EISLER||BARRY||REQUIEM FOR AN ASSASSIN||2007||JR6|
|FINKEL||DAVID||THE GOOD SOLDIERS||2009|
|FRENCH||ALBERT||PATCHES OF FIRE||1996|
|GOODIS||DAVID||THE MOON IN THE GUTTER||1953|
|IZZI||EUGENE||KING OF THE HUSTLERS||1989|
|JEFFREYS||DANIEL||AMERICA'S BACK PORCH||1996|
|LANSDALE||JOE R.||VANILLA RIDE||2009||HC+LP7|
|MACLEAN||RUSSEL D.||THE GOOD SON||2008||JM1|
|McDONALD||GREGORY||SON OF FLETCH||1993||SOF1|
|McDOWALL||IAIN||MAKING A KILLING||2001||J+K2|
|RAYMOND||DEREK||DEAD MAN UPRIGHT||1993||F5|
|RYAN||WILLIAM||THE HOLY THIEF||2010||CADK1|
|WINSLOW||DON||THE KINGS OF COOL||2012||S1|
|WINSLOW||DON||THE WINTER OF FRANKIE MACHINE||2006|