Tuesday 20 February 2018


2 from Jedidiah Ayres this week. He's not an author I know a hell of a lot about.

Ayres has his blog here.

I've had these two and his collection - A F*ckload of Shorts on the kindle for four or five years now.

Another acquired taste and I somehow doubt he's going to be challenging Dan Brown and Stephen King at the top of the best-seller charts, but that's not to say he doesn't write the kind of books I want to read. Notwithstanding the fact that I haven't.....yet.

Peckerwood (2013)

Assault, armed robbery, and the occasional blackmail: life is pretty damn good for Terry Hickerson. He's got a dog, a best friend, enough cash to get him drunk, and a teenaged son to carry him home. Sure he's a constant pain in the local law's ass, but Sheriff Jimmy Mondale's got enough to worry about, what with his estranged daughter on a tear, and the District Attorney being onto his partnership with ex-biker, meth kingpin, and tackle shop owner Chowder Thompson. When tragedy hits their small town of Spruce, Missouri, Terry's peckerwood bullshit will push the three of them into a volatile whilrwind complete with bullets, bodies, and broken bones.

"A masterpiece of dirty, down-low rural noir. Read it and sink a little further into the muck." Scott Phillips, author of RAKE and THE ICE HARVEST

"PECKERWOOD is intensely original and harrowing country noir. Ayres delivers sharp-edged prose that lands like a knife under the ribs." - Dennis Tafoya, author of DOPE THIEF and THE POOR BOY'S GAME

Fierce Bitches (2013)

Across the border lies Politioburg: hell on Earth, home to putas, punks and psychos.

Escape is not in the stars, redemption is not in the cards, but reckoning might just be on the menu.

Stand back. The pit is about to spit something back out.


  1. These may not be my sort of reads, Col, if I'm being honest. But the setting for Peckerwood sounds well done. I'll be interested in what you think of that one.

    1. Crime is a broad church, Margot thankfully. Enough variety to suit all tastes.