Better late than never. After a last gasp the winter double from Red Rattle Books has just made the end of the year. So treat yourself to a couple of books and settle down to the next year with a tale of criminal intrigue and memories of horror movies that you have either forgotten or need to remember.
Done Something Bad is the third thriller from Red Rattle Books writer and resident tough guy Jim Lawler. The novel is a fascinating cross and double cross thriller and maintains his previous mix of sharp witty dialogue, violent set pieces and complicated romance. Matt has spent twenty years trying to forget his violent and dissolute youth. But Rory, a friend from the distant past, is shot and murdered. Days before the murder of Rory the ex-brother-in-law of Matt commits suicide. Hannah the ex-wife of Matt then receives threatening telephone calls. Old friends reappear from the past and tell their stories. Matt hears about a secret crime and a valuable missing manuscript written by Nobel Prize winning American author Theodore Thornburg. Matt and his ex-wife Hannah need to work together if the manuscript is to be found. But Matt is not sure what is the truth and who can be trusted. Amidst accusations and the deceits of the others even Matt has to tell lies.
‘Lots of intrigue. Interesting characters second guess and deceive. Done Something Bad is like a long fascinating poker game that has deadly stakes.’
Horror Pickers is the sixth book from Red Rattle Books author and editor Howard Jackson. He offers an in-depth look at a wide ranging and far from typical selection of forty horror films from around the world. The collection, which spans 1945 to the present day, will appeal to both movie fans and film students. Although good humoured the criticisms pick at various dark themes such as death, the impact of time, the struggle for identity, human frailty, male narcissism, unreliable reality, faith, destiny, obsession, good and evil and much more.
Horror Pickers, though, is not gloomy but affirmative. Horror films may have blood and gore but readers will discover an alternative and satisfying world full of intelligence and ideas.
‘Marvellous and entertaining. Jackson is well read and thoughtful. He picks at the films until he finds surprises that will make viewers and readers think again. His review of ‘Amour’ makes ‘Horror Pickers’ an essential read.’ Crime Chronicles