Book review: Manifest Recall – Alan Baxter

  The noir elements that were such a strong feature of Alan’s last book, Hidden City, remain prevalent in Manifest Recall. Published by Grey Matter Press, Manifest Recall is an uppercut of a novella that is sure to loosen a few teeth. I’m a big fan of Alan’s work and the novella is my favourite format to read….

Book review: Hidden City – Alan Baxter

  I’m a huge fan of Alan Baxter’s work. His short story collection, Crow Shine, blew me away, as did his recent novella, The Book Club. Alan’s latest book, Hidden City, is quite different and it shows what a talented writer he is. Hidden City blends urban fantasy, noir and horror. If you can imagine…

Book review: Down on the Street – Alec Cizak

  Man, this is a grim read indeed….and I loved it. Cizak’s tale of a cab driver and his hot, young, sex-crazed neighbour is about as noir as it gets. Lester Banks is locked in a daily life struggle. His job sucks, he can barely pay the rent on his apartment and there is little…

Book review: Skull Meat – Tom Leins

I picked up this novelette after hearing good things about it from a crime fiction reviewer I respect. I don’t read a lot of crime/noir but at a little over 40 pages, Skull Meat wasn’t to be a huge investment in my time. I’m sure glad I did pick it up. I had little intention…

Book review: The Student – Iain Ryan

Something occurred to me whilst I was reading The Student by Iain Ryan. And that is, more people should be reading The Student by Iain Ryan. If you like your crime fiction dark and gritty, suffocating under the humidity of tropical Queensland, Ryan’s latest book is the one for you. Nate is a drug dealer, but…

Book review: The Thief – Fuminori Nakamura

Much has been written of the talents of Fuminori Nakamura. This is my first read and I now count myself amongst his fans. The book’s title sort of gives away what the story is about…yep, it’s about a thief, a pickpocket actually, one roaming the streets of Tokyo delicately sliding his fingers into the clothes…

Book review: Aletheia – JS Breukelaar

‘Aletheia’ is a very dense novel and a sizeable book to boot. There is a murky essence to this story of a family returning home after a lengthy absence, but does it buckle under its own weight? Certainly not. Crystal Lake Publishing doesn’t release books they don’t heartily believe in. My TBR pile meant that…

Book review: Hammers on Bone – Cassandra Khaw

The mythos created by Lovecraft so many years ago still resonates strongly with readers today. Some writers use the source material as a platform to create something new and original whereas others take a slightly more traditional route and choose to expand on Lovecraft’s original story ideas but sometimes at the expense of  injecting any…

2016 best of the best…according to The Grim Reader.

I’m sure you have all been hanging on the edge of your seat just waiting to see what novels would feature in my top 20 for 2016. It has been another bumper book year. My Goodreads challenge was met in September, and I anticipate cracking 200 books for this year (including novellas, anthologies and novels)….