An Honest Man BookRegular price £8.99 Sale price £8.09
'A compelling story of love and betrayal in the divided Berlin of the 1980s' Sunday Times Best Books of 2019
'A beautifully written, evocative literary thriller set in Berlin shortly before the fall of the Wall' Financial Times Best Books of 2019
'A powerful and moving love story by a writer at the top of his game' John Boyne
In West Berlin in 1989, eighteen-year-old Ralf has just left school and is living a final golden summer with his three best friends. They spend their days swimming, smoking and daydreaming about the future, oblivious to the storm gathering on the other side of the Berlin Wall.
But an unsettling discovery about his family and a meeting with the mysterious Oz shatters everything Ralf thought he knew about love and loyalty. And as old Cold War tensions begin to tear his life apart, he finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, forced to make impossible choices about his country, his family and his heart.
Bangkok Burning BookRegular price £9.99 Sale price £8.99
‘Bangkok Burning’ is a brilliantly unsettling thriller about the dark side of desire. It is also something of a warped love letter to a place teeming with a rogues’ gallery of characters, for this is not just about one man’s struggle but a portrait of a whole city on the brink.
Closeted forty-year-old Graham Floyd, trapped by anxiety issues and an abusive marriage, finally escapes, running away from his lifeless existence on a smile and a whim, swapping dreary south London for the brutal chaos of Bangkok.
He soon finds himself prey not only to Natasha, the transsexual nightclub schemer he loses his heart to, but in thrall to the slimy American millionaire Svengali who owns her.
In a place where Graham is at last true to himself, will he triumph in a fight to the death to get what he really wants?
Beneath the Streets BookRegular price £18.99 Sale price £17.09
When Jeremy Thorpe hired thugs to kill his ex-lover, they botched it. What if they had succeeded?
'A breathtaking, heartbreaking thriller' - Jake Arnott
It is February 1976, and the naked corpse of a shockingly underage rent boy is fished out of a pond on Hampstead Heath. Since the police don't seem to care, twenty-year-old Tommy Wildeblood - himself a former 'Dilly boy' prostitute - finds himself investigating.
Dodging murderous Soho hoodlums and the agents of a more sinister power, Tommy uncovers another, even more shocking crime: the Liberal leader and likely next Home Secretary, Jeremy Thorpe, has had his former male lover executed on Exmoor and got clean away with it. Now the trail of guilt seems to lead higher still, and a ruthless Establishment will stop at nothing to cover its tracks.
In a gripping thriller whose cast of real-life characters includes Prime Minister Harold Wilson, his senior adviser Lady Falkender, gay Labour peer Tom Driberg and the investigative journalist Paul Foot, Adam Macqueen plays 'what if' with Seventies political history - with a sting in the tail that reminds us that the truth can be just as chilling as fiction.
'A f*cking fantastic read. A gripping what-if thriller, packed with vivid period detail and page-turning twists. To find myself actually making an appearance in the final chapter was just cream on the cake' - Tom Robinson
‘After I finished writing A Very English Scandal, I took a solemn vow — that I would rather spit-roast my own offspring than read anything else about the Jeremy Thorpe Affair. Seldom have I gone back on my word with more pleasure. As boldly conceived as it is vividly realised, Beneath the Streets is a delight’ – John Preston, The Critic
‘Adam Macqueen's gripping debut novel is based on a provocative counterfactual question... He depicts his grim milieu engagingly – the 70s have seldom seemed so grotty and threatening – and this very English scandal has wit and invention to spare’ – The Observer
‘What if Jeremy Thorpe had succeeded in murdering Norman Scott? That’s the gripping premise behind this smart story of corruption, murder and establishment cover-up’ – iPaper, 40 best books of the year
Cage BookRegular price £8.99 Sale price £8.09
Drugs, smuggling, big money and political intrigue in Iceland rally with love, passion, murder and betrayal until the winner takes all … in the masterful, explosive conclusion to the award-winning Reykjavík Noir trilogy…
***Guardian Book of the Year***
***WINNER of the Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year***
‘Tough, uncompromising and unsettling’ Val McDermid
‘One of the darkest and most compelling series in modern crime fiction … Tackling topical issues, the book will tell you a great deal about why the world’s in the state it is, while never neglecting its duty to entertain’ Sunday Express
‘A tense thriller with a highly unusual plot and interesting characters’ The Times
The prison doors slam shut behind Agla, when her sentence ends, but her lover Sonja is not there to meet her.
As a group of foreign businessmen tries to draw Agla into an ingenious fraud that stretches from Iceland around the world, Agla and her former nemesis, María find the stakes being raised at a terrifying speed.
Ruthless drug baron Ingimar will stop at nothing to protect his empire, but he has no idea about the powder keg he is sitting on in his own home.
At the same time, a deadly threat to Sonya and her family brings her from London back to Iceland, where she needs to settle scores with longstanding adversaries if she wants to stay alive…
Castle Faggot BookRegular price £12.99 Sale price £11.69
A dark satire about an amusement park more deranged than anything Disney could imagine: a playland for gay men called Faggotland.
Castle Faggot is Derek McCormack's darkest and most delicious book yet, a satire of sugary cereals and Saturday morning cartoons set in an amusement park more deranged than anything Disney dreamed up.
At the heart of the park is Faggotland, a playland for gay men, and Castle Faggot, the darkest dark ride in the world. Home to a cartoon Dracula called Count Choc-o-log, the castle is decorated with the corpses of gays, some were killed, some killed themselves, all ended up as decor.
The book includes a map of Faggotland, a photobook of the castle, the instructions for a castle-shaped dollhouse, and the novelization of a TV puppet show about Count Choc-o-log and his friends, reminiscent of the classic stop-motion special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but even gayer and more grotesque.
As scatological as Sade but with a Hanna-Barbera vibe, Castle Faggot transmutes McCormack's love of the lurid and the childlike, of funhouses and sickhouses, into something furiously funny: as Edmund White says, "the mystery of objects, the lyricism of neglected lives, the menace and nostalgia of the past,these are all ingredients in this weird and beautiful parallel universe."
Firewatching BookRegular price £8.99 Sale price £8.09
'Clever and compulsive' LOUISE CANDLISH
'A fantastic read' JAMES DELARGY
'I loved it' LEE CHILD
‘It's everything you could want from a crime novel' SARAH WARD
'A bold and brilliant new voice in crime fiction' KATE RHODES
A WATERSTONES THRILLER OF THE MONTH
One wrong move will ignite the city . . .
A body is found bricked into a wall of the Old Vicarage. From the state of the hands, it’s clear the dead man was buried alive. When the man is connected to an old missing person’s case, Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler is called.
After an ‘incident’, Tyler needs this case to go well in order to prove himself and get his career back on track. But he soon discovers that he has a connection to the case that hopelessly compromises him - he was a previous one night stand!
He makes the snap decision not to tell his superiors, certain that he is the only one that can solve the crime. Now Tyler must move carefully to find out the truth, without destroying the case or himself.
Meanwhile, someone in the city knows exactly what happened to the body. Someone who is watching Tyler closely. Someone with an unhealthy obsession with fire . . .
A taut investigative thriller bursting with character and tension, introducing an enigmatic, fresh lead detective unlike any you have met before. Perfect for fans of Adrian McKinty, Tana French, Steve Cavanagh and Sharon Bolton.
DS Adam Tyler will return in NIGHTHAWKING, the unmissable new thriller from highly-acclaimed author, Russ Thomas - available to order now.
PRAISE FOR FIREWATCHING
‘An intriguing start to a new series, introducing a pleasingly misanthropic new hero with the requisite traumatic past' OBSERVER
‘A gripping new British gay crime thriller that kept us guessing right up to its incendiary climax . . . We couldn’t put it down' ATTITUDE
'Totally absorbed me’ CASS GREEN
'Intelligent, pacy and compelling’ SARAH WARD
'A fantastic read with a plot that left me guessing and a cast of very real and well imagined characters' JAMES DELARGY
‘A cracking read with a terrific new detective lead. Red hot debut for 2020’ SARAH HILARY
‘Russ Thomas is a bold and brilliant new voice in crime fiction, his talent blazes as fiercely as the flames that rage through his book. Really wonderful, imaginative writing’ KATE RHODES
‘DS Adam Tyler navigates a complex cast of villains and victims in a cold case that suddenly turns very, very hot' LOUISE CANDLISH
Half Moon Street BookRegular price £8.99 Sale price £8.09
The body lies reclined in a punt, clothed in a torn dress, head thrown back in a mimic of ecstasy. It is a feminine pose but the body is distinctly male.
The case already reeks of scandal and the body is not even cold.
Pitt is the natural choice to investigate what he soon realises is the most unnatural of killings.
Little Fish BookRegular price £14.99 Sale price £13.49
From the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning story collection A Safe Girl to Love, Wendy Reimer is a thirty-year-old trans woman in Winnipeg who comes across evidence that her late grandfather - a devout Mennonite farmer - might have been transgender himself.
At first she dismisses this revelation, but as she and her friends struggle to cope with the challenges of their increasingly volatile lives - which range from alcoholism, to sex work, to suicide - Wendy is drawn to the lost pieces of her grandfather's life, becoming determined to unravel the mystery of his truth.
Maggie Terry BookRegular price £14.99 Sale price £13.49
Post-rehab, Maggie Terry has one goal: keep her head down, and rebuild her life in hopes that she'll be reunited with her daughter.
The world to which she's been reintroduced seems comically dystopian: a madman in the White House on the verge of declaring nuclear war, the subways constantly delayed and screeching to an unplanned stop underground, and a city whose neighbourhoods look more and more alike, until it's impossible to tell where you are in the unrelenting summer heat.
And her first day as a private investigator lands her in the middle of a big one: actress strangled.
If Maggie shakes her ghosts - dead NYPD partner, vicious ex-wife, steadfast drug habit - then maybe she can crack the case.
Skin BookRegular price £16.99 Sale price £15.29
'A writer of frankly alarming talent' ROBERT MACFARLANE
London, 1985. Joe, father to eleven-year-old Matty, has disappeared, and nobody will explain where he's gone, or why.
In the long, hot summer that follows, Matty's hunt for Joe leads to the ponds at Hampstead Heath. Beneath the water, there is a new kind of freedom. Above the water, a welcoming community of men offer refuge from an increasingly rocky home life.
Fourteen years later, a new revelation sees Matty set off alone in a campervan, driving westwards through Ireland, swimming its wild loughs and following the scant clues left behind about Joe. The trip takes a dangerous turn, and Matty is forced to rely on the kindness of strangers. But safety comes at a price, and with desire and fear running high, the journey turns into an explosive, heart-rending reckoning with the past.
Skin is inventive, compelling and deeply moving - a novel of loss and recovery, of wild swimming and identity from a rising star of British fiction.
*A 'BOOKS OF 2021' PICK IN i NEWSPAPER*
Snare BookRegular price £8.99 Sale price £8.09
A young mother resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, as she struggles to keep custody of her son, with devastating results First in the addictive, award-winning Reykjavik Noir Trilogy by the Queen of Iceland Noir.
***Longlisted for the CWA International Dagger***
'Snare will ensnare you' Marie Claire
'A taut, gritty, thoroughly absorbing journey into Reykjavik's underworld' Booklist
After a messy divorce, young mother Sonia is struggling to provide for herself and keep custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world.
As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer, whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies. Things become even more complicated when Sonia embarks on a relationship with a woman, Agla. Once a high-level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath of the Icelandic financial crash.
Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Snare is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.
'A tense thriller with a highly unusual plot and interesting characters' The Times
'Tense, edgy and delivering more than a few unexpected twists and turns' Sunday Times
'Sharp shocks of chapters hit with increasing energy ... a towering powerhouse of read and I gobbled it up in one intense sitting' LoveReading
'The intricate plot is breathtakingly original, with many twists and turns you never see coming. Thriller of the year' New York Journal of Books
'Lilja Sigurdardottir delivers a diabolically efficient thriller with an ultrarealistic plot' L'Express
'A smart, ambitious, and hugely satisfying thriller. Striking in its originality and written with all the style and poise of an old hand. Lilja is destined for Scandi super stardom' Eva Dolan
'For a small island, Iceland produces some extraordinary writers, and Lilja is one of the best. Snare is an enthralling tale of love and crime that stays with you long after you have turned the last page' Michael Ridpath
'Zips along, with tension building and building thoroughly recommended' James Oswald
'Crisp, assured and nail-bitingly tense, Snare is an exceptional read, cementing Lilja s place as one of Iceland s most outstanding crime writers' Yrsa Sigurdardottir
'As soon as you begin reading Snare, you won t be able to stop until the final page'Michael Wood
The House on Half Moon Street BookRegular price £8.99 Sale price £8.09
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 CWA SAPERE BOOKS HISTORICAL DAGGER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 POLARI FIRST BOOK PRIZE
'Enthralling, exciting, extraordinary and utterly convincing. Everything a great book should be' Sarah Hilary
'Wonderfully atmospheric, each page carries the whiff of sulphur and gaslight' Red
Everyone has a secret... Only some lead to murder. Introducing Leo Stanhope: a Victorian transgender coroner's assistant who must uncover a killer without risking his own future
When the body of a young woman is wheeled into the hospital where Leo Stanhope works, his life is thrown into chaos. Maria, the woman he loves, has been murdered and it is not long before the finger of suspicion is turned on him, threatening to expose his lifelong secret.
For Leo Stanhope was born Charlotte, the daughter of a respectable reverend, but knowing he was meant to be a man - despite the evidence of his body - he fled his family home at just fifteen and has been living as Leo ever since. Desperate to find Maria's killer, he now stands to lose not just his freedom, but ultimately his life.
Highly original ― Guardian
Reeve has not only crafted a brilliant crime novel, but has created a character who has made me see the world with new eyes. I await Leo's - and Reeve's - return eagerly. ― The i
Creating a genuinely original protagonist in historical crime fiction is difficult, but Alex Reeve has succeeded ... An intriguing murder mystery and a complex portrait of a man isolated by his awareness of who he truly is ― Sunday Times
An ingenious, pacey mystery with a sympathetic hero ― Irish Times
The Lure BookRegular price £8.99 Sale price £8.09
Shocking and controversial when first published in 1979, The Lure rocketed Felice Picano to fame with its candid description of the gay subculture of the era. Now a gay classic. Now available in a new edition for the first time in 10 years.
Riveting and candid in its depiction of the gay sexual subculture of the era, The Lure thrusts young widower Noel Hathaway into a dark universe of physical and psychological violence; an unwilling lure used by the police to unmask an elusive killer.
Noel's life is about to change irrevocably. After witnessing a brutal murder, he is recruited to assist the police by acting as the lure for the elusive killer.
That killer has been targeting gay men.
Undercover, Noel moves deeper and deeper into the dark side of Manhattan's gay scene. A journey that stirs his own desires, until he forgets that he is only playing a role.
This Brutal House BookRegular price £8.99 Sale price £8.09
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2019
'A true force of fierceness and beauty' OLIVIA LAING
'A vital book' ANDREW MCMILLAN
'This Brutal House leaves its reader full of a powerful, protesting energy' IRISH TIMES
'A powerful and poetic book' KERRY HUDSON
On the steps of New York's City Hall, five ageing Mothers sit in silent protest. They are the guardians of the vogue ball community - queer men who opened their hearts and homes to countless lost Children, providing safe spaces for them to explore their true selves.
Through epochs of city nightlife, from draconian to liberal, the Children have been going missing; their absences ignored by the authorities and uninvestigated by the police. In a final act of dissent the Mothers have come to pray: to expose their personal struggle beneath our age of protest, and commemorate their loss until justice is served.
Watching from City Hall's windows is city clerk, Teddy. Raised by the Mothers, he is now charged with brokering an uneasy truce.
With echoes of James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson and Rachel Kushner, Niven Govinden asks what happens when a generation remembered for a single, lavish decade has been forced to grow up, and what it means to be a parent in a confused and complex society.