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Recommended Read: Dig Two Graves by Keith Nixon

Dig 2 GravesDetective Sergeant Solomon Grey is a wreck of a man, battered and bruised by personal tragedy.

When he investigates the apparent suicide of a sixteen-year-old boy, he is soon embroiled in something much more sinister.

Dig Two Graves by Keith Nixon is a not only a cracking whodunnit, it is also a powerful and gripping crime thriller that twists and turns as tightly as a corkscrew.

Highly recommended.

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The Best Of Brit Grit 2016

marwick's reckoningWell, 10 of the best, anyway. There were a few other Brit Grit gems I also read in 2016 that I really enjoyed. If I had to pick one book to personify The Best Of Brit Grit this year, it would probably be Marwick’s Reckoning by Gareth Spark. However, in no particular order, here are 10 of the best …

Marwick’s Reckoning by Gareth Spark

Marwick is a broken man. Broken but not shattered. Marwick is a violent London gangster, an enforcer who has moved to Spain for a quieter life and who is eventually embroiled in drug smuggling, murder and more.

Published by Near To The Knuckle, Marwick’s Reckoning by Gareth Spark is fantastic. Like a Brit Grit Graham Greene it’s full of doomed romanticism, longing and shocking violence.

Beautifully, vividly  and powerfully written Marwick’s Reckoning is very highly recommended indeed.

thin iceThin Ice by Quentin Bates

A small-time criminal and his sidekick decide to rob a big-shot drug dealer. But things quickly go pear-shaped when their getaway driver doesn’t turn up. After kidnapping a mother and daughter, things spiral even further out of control.

Quentin Bates’ Thin Ice brilliantly blends a fast-moving crime caper worthy of Elmore Leonard with a perfectly paced police procedural. Great characters and tight plotting abound.

Thin Ice really is marvelous, and is very highly recommended.

after you dieAfter You Die by Eva Dolan

DI Zigic and DS Ferreira are back for a third outing in Eva Dolan‘s marvelous After You Die.

The mother of a disabled child is stabbed to death and the child is left to starve.  Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit are called in to investigate the murder and in the process DI Zigic and DS Ferreira uncover a lot of dirty secrets in a seemingly close-knit community.

Once again, Dolan paints a realistic and uncomfortable picture of the darker sides of British life but with After You Die the pacing is even tighter than in her previous books and she has produced a gripping, contemporary murder mystery that is highly recommended.

APRIL SKIES coverApril Skies by Ian Ayris

In ’90s London, John Sissons – the protagonist of Ian Ayris‘ brilliant debut Abide With Me– is out of the slammer and trying to get by, working at a market stall. When he loses his job, he gets a job at a door factory and his luck starts to change. But is it for the better?

Ian Ayris’ April Skies is marvelous. Full of realistic, well-drawn characters, great dialogue, sharp twists and turns,  and with a strong sense of place and time. Nerve-wracking and heart-breaking, tense and touching – April Skies is a Brit Grit classic.

the death of 3 coloursThe Death Of Three Colours by Jason Michel

Jonah H. Williams is cyber- crook, a wheeler and dealer on the dark web. He awakes from a typically heavy boozing session to find that his precious crucifix has been stolen by the previous night’s pick-up. And things spiral on down from then on as we encounter  Bill – a bent ex-copper, drug smugglers, AK-47s, Ukrainian bikers, suicide, paranoia, betrayal, lust, love, loyalty, friendship, romance, nihilism, more paranoia, The Second Law Of Thermodynamics, Santa Muerte – Our Lady Of Last Resorts, an owl, and a cat called Vlad The Bastard. And then there’s Milton …

Jason Michel’s The Death of Three Colours is just great. It’s a richly written, gripping, noir-tinged crime thriller that is full of lyricism, flights of dark fancy and cruel humour. His best book yet.

the shallowsThe Shallows by Nigel Bird

When naval  Lieutenant Bradley Heap goes AWOL with his wife and son, he stumbles into drug dealing, people smuggling and murder.

Nigel Bird’s The Shallows is a tightly written and well-paced crime thriller that is full of well-drawn, realistic characters.

Tense and involving, The Shallows is great stuff!

for-all-is-vanityFor All Is Vanity by Robert Cowan

Jack is a nice, normal guy with a nice, normal family who records the events of  his day to day life in a diary. Then tragedy strikes and Jack’s life spirals violently out of control.

Robert Cowan’s For All Is Vanity is a gem. Heartbreaking, funny and violent, For All Is Vanity is a gripping look at what happens when a good man who loses it all.

Highly recommended.

dark-heart-heavy-soulDark Heart, Heavy Soul by Keith Nixon

Konstantin Boryakov is back!

In Dark Heart, Heavy Soul, the former KGB anti-hero is reluctantly dragged into taking part in a heist which soon spirals out of his control.

Keith Nixon’s Dark Heart, Heavy Soul is the best Konstantin Boryakov novel yet. Nixon smoothly blends high-octane thrills with gritty crime fiction. Dark Heart, Heavy Soul is packed full of tension, action, humour, great characters, sharp dialogue and a hell of a lot of warmth too.

An absolute belter!

summoning-the-deadSummoning The Dead by Tony Black

The mummified corpse of a young child is found in barrel that had been buried in a field years before. DI Bob Valentine digs deep to unearth’ corruption, cover-ups and murder.

Tony Black’s Summoning The Dead is an atmospheric, engrossing, lyrical and  sometimes harrowing police procedural that packs a powerful emotional punch.

The characters are well drawn and believable, the plot is involving,  the pace is whip-crack and the result is eminently satisfying.

Fantastic stuff.

the dead can't talkThe Dead Can’t Talk by Nick Quantrill

Power, corruption and lies would be a suitable sub-heading for Nick Quantrill’s hard-hitting crime novels. In The Dead Can’t Talk, as in his cracking Joe Geraghty trilogy, Quantrill tells the story of a criminal investigation which digs below the city of Hull’s surface to reveal a dirty underbelly.

The Dead Can’t Talk introduces us to two new protagonists – cop Anna Stone and ex- soldier Luke Carver. They are brought together to look into a murder, and an apparent suicide but all is not as it seems, of course.

Quantrill again gives us a perfectly paced criminal investigation but the tension is greater and the twist and turns are tighter this time. The characters are all typically well drawn, most notably the city of Hull itself. This is a novel of deceptive breadth and scope.

The Dead Can’t Talk is the start of what is sure to be another great social-realist crime fiction series from Nick Quantrill. Highly recommended.

Recommended Read:Dark Heart, Heavy Soul by Keith Nixon

dark-heart-heavy-soulKonstantin Boryakov is back!

In Dark Heart, Heavy Soul, the former KGB anti-hero is reluctantly dragged into taking part in a heist which soon spirals out of his control.

Keith Nixon’s Dark Heart, Heavy Soul is the best Konstantin Boryakov novel yet. Nixon smoothly blends high-octane thrills with gritty crime fiction. Dark Heart, Heavy Soul is packed full of tension, action, humour, great characters, sharp dialogue and a hell of a lot of warmth too.

An absolute belter!

Recommended Read: I’m Dead Again by Keith Nixon

im dead againKeith Nixon is the crime/ thriller equivalent of Tom Sharp, he really is.

In I’m Dead Again,  Konstantin – his ex-KGB anti-hero who he first introduced in his debut novel  The Fix –  returns, as does the mysterious Mr Lamb. Both are soon  embroiled in a a twisting and turning thriller that is full of great realistic, characters, gripping action and death- black humour.

Bloody marvelous.

Recommended Read: The Corpse Role by Keith Nixon

TCRA body is discovered in a shallow grave and DI Charlotte Granger quickly sees a connection between the corpse and an unsolved security van robbery years before. And so she digs deeper …

Keith Nixon’s The Corpse Role is a smart and engrossing crime thriller that moves backwards and forward in time and from character to character with ease.

A gripping plot, a cracking cast and a brilliant denouement.  A belter.

Short, Sharp Interview: Keith Nixon

Russian RoulettePDB: What’s going on now?

I’ve just released Russian Roulette via Caffeine Nights. It’s a novel length collection of back stories on Konstantin, one of the characters from my debut, The Fix. Readers (and me!) liked him so I decided to give him his own platform.

PDB: How did you research this book?

Almost entirely in my head! It’s based where I lived for twelve years (a couple of months ago we relocated up to Cheshire). Konstantin’s antics are all fictional – I personally have no direct experience of dildo wielding dominatrixes!

PDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?

The first novella in the collection, Dream Land. It’s Konstantin’s first 48 hours in Margate & reveals how and why he becomes a tramp. Start to finish it was 8 days in the making. I love the short, choppy style.

PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme?

Ouch, hard to answer as it’s shifted over time, but Fight Club (the multi-perspective action is excellently done) / Pullman’s Dark Materials (sheer brilliance) / London Grammar, Wasting My Young Years (it’ll be something else next week) / Sherlock (see previous comment)

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

If you mean location of the story, not massively, no. My latest work is set somewhere to be decided in the UK, but I’ve no idea where yet.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?nixon

Haha, that’s like a doctor asking how many units of alcohol you drink a week! Too often, frankly. One of my novels, a historical fiction novel titled The Eagle’s Shadow, I check daily – I’m interested to understand how sales volume relates to ranking and whether any actions I’ve taken help. My crime novels, less so Maybe once or twice a week.

PDB: What’s next?

March 2015 my next novel is due out, again via Caffeine Nights. It’s the follow up to The Fix. I’m currently writing a police procedural novel which will be finished soon before I go back to the next historical fiction novel (I have a tendency to get a third of the way through a book, then get stuck).

keith nixonBio: Keith Nixon has been writing since he was a child. In fact some of his friends (& his wife) say he’s never really grown up. Keith is currently gainfully employed in a senior sales role for a UK based high-tech company meaning he gets to use his one skill, talking too much.  Keith writes crime and historical fiction novels.

His crime novels are published by by UK based indie house Caffeine Nights. Keith’s highly regarded black comedy crime debut, The Fix, has already garnered much critical aclaim. In November 2014 Russian Roulette is to be published. The enigmatic, ex-KGB tramp, Konstantin Boryakov gets his own platform to cause trouble and mayhem again. The follow up to The Fix will be published in March 2015.

Keith has also a highly successful historical fiction novel to his name – The Eagle’s Shadow, where one man resists the might of Rome. Based on historical fact The Eagle’s Shadow has sold thousands of copies and ridden high in the UK kindle chart since its publication.

As well as writing Keith reads far too much and is a reviewer for the respected Crime Fiction Lover and Big Al’s Books & Pals.

You can find Keith on various social media platforms:
Twitter: @knntom
Facebook: Keithnixonauthor
Blog: keithnixonauthor.blogspot.com

A Man Of Sophisticated Tastes in 12 Mad Men

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My yarn A MAN OF SOPHISTICATED TASTES kicks off this innovative anthology edited by Ryan Bracha.

The phenomenally talented writers involved in this innovative and ambitious project are:

Paul D Brazill (Guns of Brixton, A Case of Noir) Gerard Brennan (Fireproof, Wee Rockets) Les Edgerton (The Bitch, The Rapist) Craig Furchtenicht (Dimebag Bandits, Night Speed Zero) Richard Godwin (Mr Glamour, Apostle Rising) Allen Miles (18 Days, This is How You Disappear) Keith Nixon (The Fix, The Eagle’s Shadow) Darren Sant (Tales From The Longcroft, The Bank Manager and The Bum) Gareth Spark (Black Rain, Shotgun Honey) Martin Stanley (The Gamblers, The Hunters) Mark Wilson (dEaDINBURGH, Head Boy) And narrated by Ryan Bracha (Paul Carter is a Dead Man, Strangers are Just Friends You Haven’t Killed Yet)

The Blurb: At St. David’s asylum for the criminally insane there are twelve residents. They call us that. Not inmates. We all have a favourite colour. A favourite member of staff. A favourite method of receiving torture for the purposes of science. We all have our reasons for being here. Our stories. Our tales. Why don’t you come and hear them? Twelve Mad Men is a groundbreaking literary collaboration. A novel which has a series of stories woven into the narrative, and featuring the finest independent authors from across the globe. The number one best selling author of Strangers Are Just Friends You Haven’t Killed Yet and Paul Carter is a Dead Man, Ryan Bracha, voices the narrator as he embarks upon his first shift as a night guard at St. David’s, and as he meets the residents there, it soon becomes apparent that there’s something very wrong in the water..

Recommended Reads: The Konstantin Novellas by Keith Nixon

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The Konstantin Novellas act as a series of prequels to Keith Nixon’s fantastic debut novel The Fix.

Dreamland introduces us to Konstantin, the homeless ex-KGB agent who arrives in Margate and attempts to lay low only to end up in the sights of local gangster Dave The Rave. In Plastic Fantastic, Konstantin is asked to help out a neighbor, a dominatrix known as Plastic Fantastic, and violent mayhem ensues. Fat Gary is a thug with a grudge against Konstantin and gives us more sharp, gritty humour and hardboiled action. And there’s more to come! Highly recommended.

Guns Of Brixton: Update

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As you may well  know, last year my comic crime novella GUNS OF BRIXTON was published as an eBook by the great BYKER BOOKS – as part of their Best Of British series- and did pretty well, in the UK at least.

And I am more than somewhat chuffed to announce that I have recently signed a contract with the also great CAFFEINE NIGHTS PUBLISHING who will be re-publishing a slightly longer version of  GUNS OF BRIXTON as a paperback and eBook, and possibly audio-book.

CAFFEINE NIGHTS  were recently shortlisted in the BOOKSELLER INDUSTRY AWARDS and publish some of the best of Brit Grit, including mates such as NICK QUANTRILL, IAN AYRIS, KEITH NIXON, RUTH JACOBS & CHARLIE WADE, as well as best sellers such as GARRY BUSHELL and SHAUN HUTSON.  So, I feel like I fit well in there.

Check out their books here.

The all new, rebooted GUNS OF BRIXTON will be available online and at the classier, cooler bookshops round about November/ December time.

So you know what to buy for Xmas prezzies!

Recommended Reads.

Corrosion by Jon Bassoff There’s a stranger in town. A disfigured war veteran stops off in a small American town on his way to The Mountain and violence quickly ensues. Jon Bassoff’s Corrosion is so well-written it hurts. Intense, Gothic, violent, lyrical, cinematic, delirious, brilliant. This is the real deal. True noir. As Close As You’ll Ever Be by Seamus Scanlon A lyrical and moving series of interwoven, intimate and sometimes brutal short stories that show how an ordinary  Galway boy can grow up to become a criminal and killer. Powerful, often funny and beautifully written. Hard Bite by Anonymous 9 Hard Bite is the gripping and blackly comic story of a serial killer in a wheelchair and his monkey accomplice that kicks off a brilliant combination of revenge tale, mini- mafia saga and police procedural. A smart and arch spin on hardboiled crime fiction. Paul Carter Is A Dead Man by Ryan Bracha The creeps have inherited the earth- well Great Britain- and Paul Carter is kicking against the prigs in this fast moving and funny dystopian thriller that rings all too true. Brilliant Extricate by Graham Wynd Extricate is a twisty- turny erotic noir tale of dishonour amongst thieves that is skewered with hot lust and cold blooded murder. Tasty! Bangkok Cowboy by Ron McMillan Bangkok Cowboy is a cracking good hardboiled read to be sure. Fast paced, action packed, choc full of colorful characters and with a great sense of place. I loved it. More of the same please! Dream Land by Keith Nixon. Dream Land is a kind of prequel to Keith Nixon’s fantastic debut The Fix and introduces us to Konstantin the homeless ex-KGB agent who arrives in Margate and attempts to lay low only to end up in the sights of local gangster Dave The Rave. Cracking stuff.

Short, Sharp Interview: Keith Nixon

K NIXONPDB: Can you pitch THE FIX in 25 words or less?

THE FIX is a multi-layered tale of crime and dark humour in one neat package where no-one is quite who they seem to be.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

Music – I bought my wife a 1960’s record player recently so all the old vinyl is coming out again (won’t say which, too embarrassing).

Films – I saw Seven Psychopaths recently which I enjoyed, looking forward to seeing Star Trek when I can get round to it.

Books – so many to mention. I recently read Ian Ayris’ Abide With Me and One Day In The Life of Jason Dean, both superb. Lots of good stuff by Tony Black, Gerard Brennan, Richard Godwin, Nick Quantrill, Mark Wilson and Ryan Bracha. As I’m a reviewer for Books and Pals blog I’m fortunate to get my hands on some great stuff.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

Yes and no.

I suspect very few, if any, readers are entirely objective. The vast majority of people have an opinion, regardless of the subject matter at hand. I don’t feel books are any different.

However I think it is possible to step back and take a good look at the mechanics of a story, but a good book should generate an emotion in the reader and therefore we can analyse that too.

PDB: Do you have an interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

Yes. I’ve tried my hand at writing stand-alone comedies and drama for television. I’d like to have a crack at putting THE FIX into a script format.

PDB: How much research goes into your writing? The_Fix_Cover_FinArt

It varies. For my as yet unpublished historical fiction novel on Roman Britain I carried out a huge amount of research because I wanted it to be factually correct. It took over two years of research and writing to complete 90,000 words.

In my crime novels, very little research. My writing style here is relatively sparse and the characters are pretty ordinary. For example they wouldn’t be expected to know a lot about the gun they’re holding (so neither do I).

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you?

Very important. I love to network, I’ve met some great people through social media. I used to use Twitter a lot, but in recent months I’ve switched to Facebook as I find it much more personable. It’s great to connect to writers and readers alike.

PDB: What’s on the cards for the rest of 2013?

First is a follow up to The Fix, currently titled I’m Dead Again, in which Konstantin and Mr Lamb return. I’m hoping this will be out in early July.

I also want to publish the historical fiction novel, it’s been through a first edit, but I need the focus to finish it off. I’ll then work on a novella, explaining some of the earlier history between Konstantin and Lamb. Finally I’m kicking around an idea with a fellow author to collaborate on a novel.

So plenty to do!

PDB: Where can people find out more about your work?

Several places:

–          My Amazon page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009ZITONW

–          My blog (where I also reprise my reviews): http://keithnixonauthor.blogspot.co.uk/

–          Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6569386.Keith_Nixon

–          Facebook: Keith Nixon Author