Never Too Far
A harrowing story of love and survival by award-winning author Thomas Christopher.
In a future of scarce resources, where the possession of gas and diesel is punishable by death, a teenage boy and a pregnant girl must save their impoverished family. They must risk their lives on a terrifying journey to sell stolen fuel on the black market.
The Black Mile (Soho Noir Thrillers, #1)
#1 AMAZON KINDLE BESTSELLER IN "MYSTERIES & THRILLERS"
Best-selling author Mark Dawson makes his stunning Kindle debut with a thriller that has earned multiple "5-star" rave reviews from readers in the UK and US.
London, 1940: the Luftwaffe blitzes London every night for fifty-seven nights. Houses, shops and entire streets are wiped from the map. The underworld is in flux: the Italian criminals who dominated the West End have been interned and now their rivals are fighting to replace them. Meanwhile, hidden in the shadows, the Black-Out Ripper sharpens his knife and sets to his grisly work.
Henry Irving is a disgraced reporter on a Fleet Street scandal rag. Genius detective sergeant Charlie Murphy is a fresh face in the Metropolitan police, hunting corrupt colleagues but blinkered by ambition and jealousy. His brother, detective inspector Frank Murphy, searches frantically for his runaway daughter, terrified that she will be the killer’s next victim.
As the Ripper stalks the terrified streets, the three men discover that his handiwork is not quite what it seems. Conspirators are afoot, taking advantage of the chaos to settle old scores. The murders invade the lives of the victims and victimizers on both sides of the law, as everyone is sucked deeper and deeper into Soho’s black heart.
Based on a little known true story, The Black Mile is a rollercoaster ride of a novel that was previously the most downloaded novel on the Kindle Store.
If you enjoy the thrillers of James Elroy, Peter James and Dennis Lehane, you'll love THE BLACK MILE.
PRAISE FOR MARK DAWSON
‘A brilliant debut novel from a very promising writer.’ Subject
‘Ultra-addictive, super-stylish – a viciously good novel.’ Toby Litt.
‘A talent to be watched.’ Birmingham Post
'This is far and above the best small/independently published novel I have ever had the pleasure of reading.' The Kindle Book Review
'Dawson has shown himself to be a true master of suspense'. Siobian Minish
'A first class historical mystery.' Luke Walker
'This book is worth it for the arcane London slang alone. Fascinating. If want to get a feel for what it was like during the early part of WWII this will knock you out. If you like character development you'll love it. If you like peeking in on the lives of people in a long gone world -- you really love it.' David E Johnson
"I really couldn't put this one down, and read it straight through from start to finish. I see a film in the future." -Sweet Mystery Books
"I've always enjoyed mysteries, but this novel has something special, a certain joie de vivre." -The Haunted Reading Room
Gifted PI Raja Williams and his partner Vinny Moore are called to Los Angeles when the young husband of a wealthy California heiress is found dead on his yacht. The trail leads to the ruthless Chinese mafia, a depraved human trafficking ring and a cover-up that may go as high as the governor's mansion.
Murder is never simple.
As more bodies pile up, Raja and Vinny find themselves targeted by a powerful enemy with much to hide, and must race to uncover the truth before everyone involved, including the two of them, ends up dead.
"This book had me from chapter one and I couldn't put it down. It's fast-paced, full of action, and dripping with mystery." -The Reading Diaries
Interview with the Author
Q: What makes the Raja Williams series special?
A: If you like an entertaining mix of mystery, sleuthing, and action thrills with rich characters and real dialogue in every story, you will like the Raja Williams series. You will find stories filled with current events and adult topics, but written without the perverse, graphic violence or explicit sex overdone in too much contemporary fiction. I call it good, clean fun.
Q: What inspired you to write the Raja Williams series?
A: I've always been a fan of mystery thrillers and detective stories, and wanted to try my hand at creating a unique and enjoyable crime-fighting duo. I especially enjoy the banter between two lead characters. I'm reminded of the Lethal Weapon series where the character interaction sets the tone. I also love James Patterson's skill in driving a suspenseful plot forward without meandering. Keeps me on the edge of my seat. And, of course, when it comes to creating unique characters and immersing the reader into a setting and story, no one is better than Elmore Leonard.
Q: What can you tell us about the main characters?
A: Raja Williams is neither the down-and-out, tragic anti-hero nor a James Bond super spy. When Raja's parents died in a plane crash, he found himself with more money than he could spend and decided he would be an active force for justice using his resources to help others in need.
His main investigative partner is Vinny Moore, a strong female character whose top-level hacker skills help Raja crack his cases. The button-down, Oxford-educated Raja and the hipster, wild-child hacker Vinny are an odd couple who, despite their differences, work hand-in-glove doing whatever it takes to bring justice to those who have nowhere else to turn.
Then there's Claus.
Q: Why should readers give these books a try?
A: Because the Raja Williams series is a fun, fast-paced thrill ride that grabs you and won't let go. Read some of the reviews. You'll see a common theme of being unputdownable. I think you'll agree. Enjoy.
"Raja and Vinny are my new favorite crime-fighting team." -George Broussard, Editor
Blindsided (JM Mystery-thriller series Book 7)
None can see like the Blind…
Ryan Lorimar and Jessica Werner have a special gift: they can see ‘fallen angel’ apparitions within other people. But as the fallen angels in turn know that they’ve been ‘viewed’, it’s a gift that will get him killed. They need protection. They need to enter ‘Blind School’.
Their only hope is Ellis Kendell and his team of agents. Day in, day out, Kendell’s team trawl through street-cam images from across the nation to pick up that tell-tale eye light-refraction of ‘viewers’. Can Kendell’s team get to the viewers before the fallen angels and get them to safety in ‘Blind School’? But there’s also an added agenda: Kendell’s department want the ‘viewers’ help in tracking down more ‘fallen angels’.
Yet is Kendell deluding himself? Setting this small group of teens against a legion fifty-times their number of the most cunning and vicious murderers and criminal masterminds the nation has to offer – is he simply throwing them to the wolves? Fated to watch them one-by-one die. The odds are against them.
'An adrenalin-rush, one day read. If you’ve ever wondered what might make mass-murderers and megalomaniacs tick, now you know. Never has the ongoing fight between good and evil been so much fun, or so frighteningly real.’
- Wendy Mellor, Simply Scripts.
‘Harry Potter with attitude. Plumbs into the teen readership that has made Harry Potter and Twilight so popular, but with a wry slant that would also make it appeal to adults. Has ‘kidult’ written all over it.’
- Tom McIntyre, Xanadu Productions.
John Matthews reviews:
‘Matthews maintains the suspense... an engrossing odyssey into the seamy side of a world that is so near, yet sometimes seems so far. Compulsive reading.'
- The Times
'One of the most compelling novels I've read... an ambitious and big novel which will keep you enthralled to its last page.'
- Cork Examiner
'A classy, well-written and unusual thriller.'
- Yorkshire Post
'Matthews delivers one of the best debut thrillers in years, brave, ambitious and remorselessly entertaining. Past Imperfect is a stormer.'
- Dublin Evening Herald
'Move over Grisham, your reign is over! Reminiscent of vintage Grisham, but Matthews has his own distinctive style. Strong, believable characters and a plot that grips from page one and won't let go, twisting and turning its way towards a nail-biting climax - they don't come much better than this. One of the best and most memorable thrillers I've read in years. A winner all the way.'
- Bob Burke. Mystery Readers International.
Distinctively written… all the forceful energy of the best thrillers.
- Kirkus UK.
‘A clever premise for an epic page-turner written with wit, compassion (and) highly evolved characters.
- Daily Telegraph.
‘… A chilling and thrilling novel, one in which real people start to wonder if they are insane, and have to come to terms with a terrifying reality that threatens their own life. Mesmerising.
- Books Monthly
This is a fairly new excursion for me: a YA/urban fantasy adventure that started life as a film script. I was in the middle of a film adaptation for Past Imperfect at the time when a Hollywood Producer showed interest in the concept - so that was the form it first saw life in. So, yes, expect it to see life on the big screen some time 'soon' (see Douglas Adams' ref about 'baking cakes in Hollywood' for that one).
It also might only see limited life as a kindle direct book as it will soon start doing the rounds of publishers through my agent. So look upon this as mainly an ARC opportunity before it gets snapped up as the next Harry Potter or Twilight! :) Then it will disappear for a year before being seen again.