‘PARANOIA AND THE DESTINY PROGRAMME’
‘I see no butterfly wings in the Rorschach test, but a mountain of bones.’ So says Dale Helix, who is convinced he is being abducted by a shadowy group of rulers called The Assembly. He claims they have programmed him to kill.
International novelist Richard Godwin’s latest title is set in a dystopian city, and is an exploration of totalitarianism, paranoia and social engineering in a society where it is impossible to gauge the truth. The aim of the programme is to study the link between serial killers and dictators in order to clone the ideal dictator. And the Assembly are engineering a new gender. Is Dale insane or is his paranoia a key to a hidden truth?
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“ONE LOST SUMMER”
Rex Allen loves star quality in women. He moves into a new house in a heat wave with few possessions apart from two photographs of his dead daughter. His next door neighbour, beautiful Evangeline Glass invites him to one of her many summer parties, where he meets her friends and possessive husband Harry. Rex feels he knows Evangeline intimately. He starts to spy on her and becomes convinced she is someone other than who she pretends to be. When he discovers she has a lover, he blackmails her into playing a game of identity that ends in disaster.
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Something dark is preying on the glitz of the glamour set. Chief Inspector Jackson Flare and his partner Inspector Mandy Steele investigate a series of bizarre killings targeting the wealthy and glamorous. The killer in Mr. Glamour knows all about design and what brands mean to his victims.
As the police try to catch a predator who has climbed into their heads, they find themselves up against a wall of secrecy. The investigation drives Flare and Steel—who are themselves harbouring secrets—to acts of darkness. And the killer is watching everyone, from the rich businessmen to their beautiful wives. Who is Mr. Glamour? This novel will keep you guessing until the unforeseeable end.
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Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle never caught the Woodlands Killer and it almost destroyed him. Now many years later and still suffering from nightmares, he is faced with a copycat killer with detailed inside knowledge of the original case.
Someone is crucifying politicians, and Castle and his partner DI Jacki Stone enter a labyrinth. At its centre is the man Castle believes was responsible for the first killings. He’s running a sinister cult and playing mind games with the police. And the ritualistic killer keeps raising the stakes and slipping through their hands. The body count is rising. Castle employs a brilliant psychologist to help him solve the case, and he begins to dig into the killer’s psyche. But some psychopaths are cleverer than others.
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‘A ROMLÁS LABIRINTUSA’
(‘A Romlás Labirintusa’ is ‘Apostle Rising’ published in Hungarian by Alexandra Publishing, December 2013)
“Hirtelen ismét megjelent az alak. Csak állt és várt. Castle újra üldözőbe vette.
Az alak megfordult és irányt váltott, de Castle a sarkában volt, még a szagát is érezte.
Emlékezett a frissen sült kenyér illatára, arra, ahogy a konyhai asztalnál ült gyerekkorában. Az illat savanykásabb lett, a penészes rothadás, az elmúlás szagára váltott.
Amint ismét előrenyúlt, hogy megragadja, az ösvény megváltozott, és ő a sötétség közepén találta magát.”
Frank Castle főfelügyelőt még mindig kísérti egy huszonnyolc évvel korábban elkövetett brutális sorozatgyilkosság emléke. Akkor a nyomozás kudarcba fulladt, ami romboló hatással volt a karrierjére és magánéletére egyaránt. Újabb sorozatgyilkos kezdi el szedni áldozatait a régi esetekkel azonos módon, és Castle partnerével, Jacki Stone felügyelőnővel beleveti magát az ügy felgöngyölítésébe.
Együtt lépnek be abba a halálos labirintusba, amelynek középpontjában egy vészjósló ember áll – Castle szerint ő az eredeti gyilkosságok elkövetője. A férfi egy vallási szekta vezetője, és sötét játékot űz a rendőrséggel. A gyilkos közben politikusokat feszít keresztre, tökéletes precizitással darabolja fel áldozatait, és rejtett üzeneteket hagy a helyszíneken.
Vajon létezik-e kiút az újabb gyilkosságok és gyilkosok uralta világ, a bizonyosságok és mellékvágányok, múlt és jelen összefüggéseinek útvesztőjéből?
C’era una volta a Londra uno spietato serial killer. Trucidava le sue vittime e le abbandonava nei boschi vicino alla città. L’ispettore Frank Castle non riuscì mai a catturarlo, una macchia indelebile per la sua carriera. L’opinione pubblica lo sbranò, lui cadde in una profonda crisi dalla quale, con molta fatica, è riuscito a venire fuori.C’era una volta a Londra un serial killer. E c’è ancora oggi; sono passati quasi trent’anni e l’assassino sembra tornato: ma è lui o un suo emulo? Gli omicidi sono sempre più efferati, un’apoteosi di violenza che coinvolge prostitute e politici. Le vittime vengono mutilate in modi via via più orrendi e sulla scena dei delitti compaiono oscure frasi e simboli religiosi.Il destino ha offerto una possibilità di riscatto all’ispettore Castle che, con l’aiuto della sua assistente Jacki Stone, dell’équipe della Scientifica e di un profiler di prim’ordine, tenterà di chiudere quel cerchio aperto ventotto anni fa, e di liberarsi finalmente dalle ossessioni che gli hanno condizionato la vita per tutto questo tempo. A ogni costo.L’apostolo è un thriller mozzafiato, un police procedural che trascina il lettore in un lungo viaggio dentro la psiche distorta del crimine, faccia a faccia con la radice stessa del Male.
‘THE PURE AND THE HATED’
Novel ‘The Pure And The Hated’ published by WildBlue Press
A man takes a stranger into his house only to unleash a savage lesson from the past.
Shepherd Butler and his wife Mary are grieving the death of their son Felton to a hunting accident in Vermont. When Shepherd finds a stranger freezing in the forest, he offers him a home. The man, Maxwell Heed has suffered personal tragedy when his fiancee was murdered, and he tells Shepherd and Mary of the man who killed his fiancée. Temple Jones is a dangerous psychopath who preys on women and has escaped justice. Then Temple Jones shows up…
Novel ‘Disembodied’ published by Ekstasis Ediitions
Surveillance and abductions, a novel about the age of digital publishing and what it means. A novel about physicality. When a publisher believes we are being turned into code he finds out he may not be wrong. Then he is arrested for a terrorist plot against London.
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Novel ‘Savage Highway’ published by WildBlue Press
On a remote highway in Arizona women are disappearing at truck stops. Marshall Simmons knows a lot about the goings on in the area, and has a young woman captive. But it seems a darker truth is at the heart of the abductions. Savage Highway is a novel about predation and the hunt for justice.
Novel ‘Wrong Crowd’ published by Down & Out Books
An art thief finds himself out of his depth in a criminal maelstrom when he meets a beautiful woman with no past. East End villains and the Russian Mafia collide in a fast-paced novel of deceit and criminal obsession.
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Novel ‘Ersatz World’ published by Number Thirteen Press
Samuel Verso is an old-fashioned publisher resisting the lure of e-books. As his wife fills the hallway with prosthetic limbs and his business partner is replaced with a replica, he realises his problems run deeper than books on e-readers. But it’s only when he is serially abducted, beaten and accused of terrorism that he understands it isn’t that he’s paranoid – it’s that he isn’t paranoid enough.
‘CONFESSIONS OF A HIT MAN’
Novel ‘Confessions Of A Hit Man’ published by Meme Publishers
‘Confessions of a Hit Man’ is a high octane thriller with a plot that adds velocity like a well-oiled chicane. When ex-Royal Marine Jack becomes a paid assassin, work comes easily, especially when working for the Sicilian Mafia, until he gets drawn into a government plot selling enriched plutonium to a rogue Nation.
Short Novel ‘Meaningful Conversations’ published by Noir Nation
‘Meaningful Conversations’ is a hybrid Noir novel that tackles the modern world and its most tabooed addictions and mythologies. Its protagonist, cellist Bertrand Mavers, is the best adjusted serial killer you will ever meet. His therapist, Otto Wall, calls him the sanest man he knows. What he actually is will surprise and astonish you.
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Novella ‘Noir City’ published by Atlantis eBooks, a division of Lite Editions
Dangerous, blonde Gigolo, Paris Tongue, uses his looks to seduce beautiful and wealthy women and introduce them to the Secret Hour, that hidden time when they can escape their lives. Using his inheritance to travel, he penetrates the erotic essence of different cities, from London, to Paris, Rome, Madrid and Dusseldorf. But his sexual escapades begin to catch up with him. When he sleeps with the wife of a Mafia Boss he is hunted across Europe by hit men.
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Short story ‘Rothko’s Daughter’ published in the anthology ‘Noir Riot: Presented by NoirCon and Out of the Gutter (Volume 1)’
A Noir story about identity and art theft.
A hitchhiker runs across the myth of a killer.
He knows they are altering gender, he talks to porcupines.
‘Donald Duck And The Avian Snitch’
“A thief is convinced his woman is harbouring one of their pet birds up her bum. Yep, you read that right. Their birds keep disappearing and he’s convinced they’re hiding out in the most unlikely of places. Ultimately, it’s a heartwarming story of adultery, blackmail, and parrots that can’t keep their beaks closed. Maybe heartwarming isn’t quite accurate, but it’s one of the most darkly funny stories in the book…”
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‘The Best of Every Day Poets Two’
The Best of Every Day Poets Two brings together one hundred short poems selected from Every Day Poets’ second year of publication. This book unites a worldwide array of poets writing from a broad gamut of experience and perception, and represents the cream of a year’s journey through poetry of every form and flavour.
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‘Pike N Flytrap’
‘Mother’ is a story of the dark side of nurturing. Published in the anthology ‘Tainted Tea Winter 2011’