“A smarter man than me once said that good investigative work is about asking the right questions. I find that the quality of my work generally depends on how fucking hard I hit people.”
New book announcement!
My next short story collection, Ten Pints of Blood, will be published this summer, via Close To The Bone!
This book contains the Paignton Noir novelette Spine Farm and nine other stories – a mixture of flash fiction, obscure anthology stories and exclusive content.
Politics, perversion and pain in Paignton… I think it’s my most brutal book to date.
Artwork designed by Craig Douglas @ Close To The Bone.
When Paignton private investigator Joe Rey finds himself enlisted by hapless local cops Benson and Hedges to help apprehend a vicious sex criminal known as the Ladyscraper, he ends up unearthing a grisly surprise in the midst of a derelict tract of farmland. What Rey discovers shocks the whole town to its core, and he sets out to unravel a decades-old mystery involving a cabal of powerful men who want their queasy secrets to remain dead and buried.
He may be psychologically damaged by the things he has seen and done, but Rey finds himself a man in demand, and his case-load piles up – setting him on a violent collision course with dealers, delinquents, degenerates and the damned.
Is Rey finally in hell, or is he just teetering on the brink?