I’m happy to confirm that Dead-End Jobs: A Hitman Anthology is out now, via All Due Respect (an imprint of Down & Out Books)!
Huge thanks to editor Andy Rausch for inviting me to take part in the project. It is a real thrill to be featured alongside crime fiction legends Joe R. Lansdale and Max Allan Collins. I remember buying a second-hand copy of Lansdale’s first Hap & Leonard book, Savage Season, in the (now defunct) Old Celtic Bookshop on Hyde Road 15 years ago, and I quickly became a massive fan of his writing.
I’m really looking forward to reading their stories, alongside those by my fellow contributors Paul Heatley, Matt Phillips, Daniel Vlasaty, Paul D. Brazill, Rob Pierce, Tom Pitts, Nikki Dolson and many more!
Here’s a brief taster of my story, ‘The Body Count’. It’s a standalone piece set in Florida. Eagle-eyed readers may spot a couple of blink-and-you’ll-miss-them references to the world featured in The Good Book: Fairy Tales For Hard Men. There will be a fully-fledged return to Testament one day in the future. Until then, this story should help to scratch the itch!
(Note: the actual story is far nastier and weirder than this line suggests!)