Friday, 18 June 2010

Latest reads...

I have had the pleasure recently of reading two smashing debut novels, in two quite disimmilar veins, apart from one noticeable likeness, they were both excellent.

The first is: AMERICAN DEVIL by Oliver Stark (available now from Headline books)

A brilliant debut thriller from new talent Oliver Stark. The American Devil is stalking New York’s streets. Will a cop and a psychiatrist be able to stop him?

Detective Tom Harper, one of the New York Police Department’s star homicide detectives, is on administrative leave for striking a superior officer when the city is left reeling by a series of brutal murders.

Young socialites are being targeted by one of the most gruesome killers New York has ever seen and the top brass know that Harper is the only detective who has a chance of stopping the newly dubbed ‘American Devil’ before he strikes again.

With Harper already living on the edge, they have no choice but to appoint psychiatrist, and new profiler, Denise Levene, to oversee his return. But as the murders escalate Harper and Levene find that they must work together if they are to find the killer.

The American Devil is in their city and he wants to play... the only question is do Harper and Levene have what it takes to bring him down?

A superb book that will have Thomas Harris fans jumping for joy.
And the next is: DEAD BEAT by Remy Porter (Available soon from Wild Wolf Publishing)
Haven, Population: 2000.

A place where Johnny sleepwalks the beat, counting down the hours to the end of another police shift. Burying the secret deeper.

But this is the day the world ends. The infection has spread unchecked, and now the dead have domain. Johnny is thrown into a fight to survive. The shattered community around him willing to do anything to stay alive.

But as putrefacted bodies close in, it's the villager's rotten hearts he begins to fear the most ...And beyond them the puppetmasters who started it all.

This was good viceral horror, of which I said:

"Heartbeat versus Dawn of the Dead! Porter has delivered a barn-storming horror debut where the flesh-eating, walking dead aren't necessarily the worst monsters you could meet. Fantastic stuff."

Both of these books were excellent, and knowing my readers, I think you'll enjoy them both.

Text contained herein was lifted from and from Wilf Wolf Publishing websites respectively. I don't claim them to be my own and have posted them only on behalf of spreading the word about two cool new books.


Remy Porter said...

Dead Beat will be out at bookshops and online from early July. It's also available to pre-order direct from in the publication section.

Matt Hilton said...

Thanks for the update Remy.

David Barber said...

Two great sounding novels, Matt. Thanks and I'll be looking out for them.

Oliver Stark said...

Great shout, Matt! Thanks for your very kind words and for putting American Devil up on your blog. I'm really grateful for your encouragement. I love the Joe Hunter series and I know that you appreciate how good it feels to get a good word from a genuine reader. Hope to get to meet you at one of the thriller conferences in the near future. All the best and thanks again.

Matt Hilton said...

You're very weolcome, Oliver. It's a top book, and I think everyone's going to love it. Yeah, hope to see you along the way.