Dust and Desire


‘Twisted, pain-filled and compelling.’ – Sunday Times

‘An exciting new voice in crime fiction.’ – Mark Billingham

‘The scary stuff is not what’s ahead, it’s what’s behind and gaining… I loved this book, great ending. It accompanied me on a long swing through New York, Boston and Philadelphia.’ – James Sallis

‘Top quality crime writing from one of the best.’ – Paul Finch

‘Compulsive reading. Dark and delicious… disgustingly talented.’ – Sarah Pinborough

‘A beautifully written, pitch-black slice of noir.’ – Steve Mosby

‘Best British crime fiction for many a long year.’ – Crime Fiction Lover

‘Bittersweet and brutal – immensely satisfying.’ – Fergus McNeill

‘Dashed with dark humour and sly one-liners.’ – Stav Sherez

‘Highly effective… Williams expertly limns Sorrell’s self-destructive tendencies in his bitter asides, but the book’s greatest strength is its portrait of Wire, the young serial killer whose horrible childhood ultimately sets him on his monstrous path.’ – Publishers Weekly

‘Well written, gritty urban noir thriller that is not for the faint hearted. Conrad Williams neatly subverts the cliches of the PI thriller with his razor sharp writing.’
Laura Root, Euro Crime

‘Fast-moving crime-noir, played on the streets of London and Liverpool… bound to attract a large audience from both the dark crime and horror camps, and is sure to be a hit.’
Peter Coleborn, The Piper at the Gates of Fantasy

‘This is the real deal: crime writing of a flint-edged, visceral nature that may initially appear to foreground narrative momentum, but is really about character; character, that is, which is delivered on the hoof. This is writing of real authority, and Williams is a genuine talent.’
Barry Forshaw, Crime Time

‘Williams has mastered momentum in Dust and Desire. Hair-raising moments sit perfectly alongside slower-paced prose. It all adds up to a gripping read… an enviable position in crime fiction that’ll be hard to beat. 8/10.’ Real Crime

‘This is a gush of a novel, a blast of language… Sometimes the writing has a sensory life of its own… the action scenes [are] grisly yet always beautifully described.’ Booklist

Dust and Desire is cruel and unusual [as a narrative], making the reader excited to see what happens to Sorrell in his next outing; for Williams is penning a series, and those who enjoy the nihilistic tales of Derek Raymond, the work of Conrad Williams will engage, as well as terrify.’ Ali Karim, Shots

‘He writes with such dry wit, such well-fleshed precision, that there can be no doubt this novel deserves to set him on high among the crime-writing literati. To balance rich, chewy, immersive prose with page-turning pace is a tricky act to pull off but Williams is the master of it.’ Guy Adams, Dad Info

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