‘DAMAGE’ by Josephine Hart, 1991.

‘DAMAGE’ by Josephine Hart, 1991 So this is a bit of a departure from the usual crime fiction I tend to pick, but as I read it I realised it has many hallmarks of old-fashioned noir – sexual obsession, a feeling of dream-like displacement, and a prevailing sense of...

THE GODWULF MANUSCRIPT by Robert B. Parker (1973)

‘`The Golwulf Manuscript’ is the first in Robert B. Parker’s much-lauded and immensely popular Spenser series. Written in 1973 when Parker was still teaching literature for a day job, it introduces the world to his wise-cracking hard-as-nails sleuth Spenser (spelled with an ‘S’, like the English poet).

SHOEDOG by George Pelecanos (1994)

George Pelecanos’ classic ‘thieves falling out’ piece of urban noir.

‘THE GREATER GOOD’

This extract is from a novel-length project I’m working on entitled ‘THE GREATER GOOD’. A teacher and his wife argue, and a wine bottle drops over the ledge of a bridge. They hear a smash and a grunt. When we meet them here, they are investigating what, or who, the bottle may have hit.

Elliot.

I was born and raised in North London. After leaving school, I bummed about for a while, playing in bands, working in pubs and clubs, following my questionable instincts and surviving relatively unscathed. I moved down to Brighton to study Psychology at the turn of the millennium and remember very little of it. After that, I journeyed back to the capital and spent the rest of my twenties in something of a haze.

All through that period though, I remained a voracious reader. I’d loved books since I was a kid, and remember my Dad once asking me the sensible question of what I wanted to be when I grew up: I told him a writer, of course. Crime in all its guises was my genre of choice, and my heroes were the likes of Robert B. Parker, Stephen King and Derek Raymond. But my conviction to write faded as other predilections took over, and it was only on the dawn of my thirtieth that the ambition reignited.

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