JACK KILEY is a former cop and football hero turned London-based private eye created by British crime writer John Harvey. You wanna know about the tone of the stories?
Gritty as a truckload of sandpaper, and harder than a kick in the teeth. And highly and heartily recommended.
This excerpt, from the very first story written (but not the first published) tells you all you'll need:
Pretty good stuff, eh?
Mind you, Harvey's no rookie. He's the writer of the highly praised D.I. Charlie Resnick series, and in fact, Jack and Charlie have crossed paths a few times.The first Resnick novel, Lonely Hearts, was named by the London Times as one of the 100 best crime novels of the century, and his first novel featuring DI Frank Elder, Flesh and Blood, won the CWA Silver Dagger in 2004. He also edited the excellent 2003 anthology Men from Boys.
The author taught English and Drama in a number of secondary modern and comprehensive schools for several years before giving it up to become a full-time writer, and certainly made good use of his career change, pumping out a slew of books in all genres over the years. His first big sales (mostly under various pseudonyms) were mostly westerns, although he eventually wrote a few mens' adventures ("mostly for series that bombed," he confesses), as well as six books for the Doubles series of soft porn comedies as Jonothan White (6 books). During this time he also wrote four thrillers for British paperback house Sphere featuring private eye Scott Mitchell, his first attempt to transplant the American-style tough guy detective to England
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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