I’m delighted to announce that my tenth novel, One Who Was With Me, will be published this Halloween by Earthling Publications, who did such a great job on my last Earthling novel, The Unblemished. Many thanks to Paul Miller. This book would not have happened without his gentle and patient prodding. You can find out more about the book here.
These shadows were the same shadows that had swung across the stone walls for decades. Nothing here had changed.
He hurried back to Grace, imagining a man standing over a nude figure chained and unconscious, paying out rope bunched in his fist, separating the tawse at the end of it.
They passed the windows and their shadows — hideously contorted by the flaws in the panes — made grotesque progress across the scarred back wall.
But for a dim, rosy stain in the rear-view mirror, it was fully dark. Night came on fast here.
This was not their house.
It’s a privilege to appear once on a year’s best list, so to have two books on Crime Fiction Lover’s top 5 books of 2016 is a real treat. Joel Sorrell isn’t the easiest man in the world to get along with, and he leads his readers into pretty bleak territory, but Sonata of the Dead (no. 3) and Hell is Empty (no. 1) both make the grade. CFL reckons ‘There is no more fascinating recurring character in crime fiction that Joel Sorrell,’ and Joel’s sitting in the corner of the room here, sipping a sherry (‘What the glittering fuck is this shit? Haven’t you got any Stoli?’) and yes, I think there’s the rumour of a smile on his lips…
Big thanks to Michael Parker at CFL and everyone else who ran with Sorrell over the past 18 months.