I'm an author, but I'm also a reader. I've mentioned before that both my writing and reading tastes span a few genres, and I'm never happier than when two genres collide. I love crime fiction with a slightly occult or supernatural tilt. Therefore I'm a huge fan of John Connolly's Charlie Parker series, and equally of Stephen Leather's Jack Nightingale series. I'm still a bit of a fan boy at heart, and recently I was approached by Stephen Leather and asked if I'd like to contribute to an anthology of short fiction he was putting together, featuring none other than his Jack Nightingale character. OK, so I jumped at the opportunity. Stephen showed me the cover image, and the title and let me loose to create my own story, which of course I did. The anthology is now available in ebook format (all major platforms), and alongside my story are others by Alex Shaw, Andrew Peters, Conrad Jones, Lynette Waterman, Robert Waterman, and of course Nightingale's creator himself, Stephen Leather. Check it out: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00JYHM36Y/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_-6Ixtb166TMZE
Saturday, 26 April 2014
Thursday, 24 April 2014
For fans of Lee Child and James Patterson, THE KILLING SEASON is a fast-paced American thriller with a central character who could give Jack Reacher, Alex Cross and Jason Bourne a run for their money.
The first thing you should know about me is that my name is not Carter Blake.
That name no more belongs to me than the hotel room I was occupying when the call came in.
When Caleb Wardell, the infamous 'Chicago Sniper', escapes from death row two weeks before his execution, the FBI calls on the services of Carter Blake, a man with certain specialised talents whose skills lie in finding those who don't want to be found. A man to whom Wardell is no stranger.
Along with Elaine Banner, an ambitious special agent juggling life as a single mother with her increasingly high-flying career, Blake must track Wardell down as he cuts a swathe across America, apparently killing at random.
But Blake and Banner soon find themselves sidelined from the case. And as they try desperately to second guess a man who kills purely for the thrill of it, they uncover a hornets' nest of lies and corruption. Now Blake must break the rules and go head to head with the FBI if he is to stop Wardell and expose a deadly conspiracy that will rock the country.
Slick, fast-paced and assured, THE KILLING SEASON is the first novel in the gripping new Carter Blake series.
Mason Cross was born in Glasgow in 1979. He studied English at the University of Stirling and currently works in the voluntary sector. He has written a number of short stories, including 'A Living', which was shortlisted for the Quick Reads GET BRITAIN READING AWARD. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and three children.
Mason Cross has created an enigmatic character in Carter Blake . . . The writing is taut, intelligent, oozes suspense . . . a highly impressive debut novel — Matt Hilton, author of the Joe Hunter thrillers