Thursday, October 01, 2009

Release the beast!

Mes Amis

How time flies, eh? It seems less than a year ago that THE GOOD SON was unleashed upon the world and now... well, THE LOST SISTER has arrived as well. Yes, although some shops have had it in stock today is the official release date for PI J McNee's second case, and this time, well, let's say that things are going to get pretty deadly for our man McNee.

If you want more info check out this interview conducted by thriller writer Derek Gunn for the ITW.

Or this discussion of the modern UK PI with Jay Stringer and Ray "Dirty, hard and fast" Banks over at Do Some Damage.

You might also be interested to know that Library Journal has weighed in on the US release of THE GOOD SON with a lovely wee starred review that runs:

J. McNee, a police detective–turned–private investigator, is just existing in Dundee, Scotland, as he avoids the truth about his wife’s fatal car crash for which her family blames him. When a local farmer asks him to determine why his estranged brother hanged himself, McNee goes up against his former mates in the force and must come to grips with his own life. In this impressive first novel, McNee is a down-and-out failure in the mold of Ken Bruen’s sleuths, but he overcomes the case’s complexities, the lack of respect for his profession, and his own personal hang-ups to triumph in the end. Verdict With a great blurb from John Connolly, this newest addition to the Scottish noir tradition will appeal to fans of Ian Rankin and Stuart McBride as well as readers of Jim Kelly.

And yes, I did notice two tiny errors - number one, Its McNee's fiancee who died in the crash and number two, the Abdernonian rapscallion mentioned at the end is a "Mac" not a "Mc". All that aside, of course, its a bloody nice review and fills me with confidence for the stateside release of this novel.

Speaking of Stateside I am not attending this year's Bouchercon in Indy due to cashflow reasons, but have plans to attend next year's soiree in San Francisco and maybe some more interesting ideas up my sleeve as well... stay tuned!

Au revoir


1 comment:

Steven T. said...

Well, congrats are certainly in order. I tried contacting you - new email? My verification word is "purfelsh" - Scottish, I suppose...