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by Murder, Mayhem and More, November 2016, IBSN 9781539667964
An ‘incident’ in the Iraqui
desert brings Sergeant Stoner to the attention of the Hard Man. Now, he’s
serving Queen and country in a slightly different way ... or is it the same way
as before, killing the people he’s told to kill?
series of six short stories takes us from Stoner’s initial recruitment and
through his first assignments. Stoner’s a soldier, as he tells the policewoman
in Fifth Columnist, in an unusually
personal conversation: ‘The state pays me to kill the people the state doesn’t
like. ... It says, take up this big nasty bang-bang gun and kill that nasty
Irish, German, Arab, Russian, Iraqui, Syrian .... whatever.’ He’s also a
motorcyclist and a jazz musician; he has quick reactions, a SIG Sauer P226, and
an endless supply of smart retorts. Also, in general, the people he kills are
trying to kill him, so our sympathy is retained. Stoner’s surrounded by a cast
of interesting characters: the Hard Man, US Navy SEAL Stretch McCann, and
Stoner’s attractive Irish contact, Bernadette - most of the stories are set in
Northern Ireland in the aftermath of the Good Friday agreement. The final one
takes Stoner to the States.The action in each story is non-stop, the twists
clever, the sex energetic, and the wise-cracking narration a delight. There’s
plenty of blood, but the deaths are described as part of the action, rather
than being torture porn.
high-action, high-tension page-turners. This volume is a great way to meet
Stoner, but if you prefer full-length novels, then he stars in the Killing Sisters trilogy, beginning with A Last Act of Charity. Highly
Frank Westworth shares several characteristics with his literary
anti-hero, JJ Stoner: they both play mean blues guitar and ride Harley-Davidson
motorcycles. Unlike Stoner, Frank hasn't deliberately killed anyone. Instead,
Frank edits a monthly classic motorcycle magazine (see RealClassic.co.uk) and
has written extensively for the UK motoring press. Frank's 'Killing Sisters' series starts with
A Last Act Of Charity and continues in The
Corruption Of Chastity. However, you can start with any of the books in the
series; they're written to be enjoyed if you come in halfway through...
Please note; the Stoner stories and Killing Sisters series are intended for an
adult audience. They're violent and explicit and contain the occasional
Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and
came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time
teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and two
Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by
history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as
a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys
exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.