Troubador Shamus Dust

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Released: 28/10/2019

ISBN: 9781838590437

eISBN: 9781838599867

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Shamus Dust

Hard Winter. Cold War. Cool Murder.


Two candles flaring at a Christmas crib. A nurse who steps inside a church to light them. A gunshot emptied in a man’s head in the creaking stillness before dawn, that the nurse says she didn’t hear. It’s 1947 in the snowbound, war-scarred City of London, where Pandora’s Box just got opened in the ruins, City Police has a vice killing on its hands, and a spooked councilor hires a shamus to help spare his blushes. Like the Buddha says, everything is connected. So it all can be explained. But that’s a little cryptic when you happen to be the shamus, and you’re standing over a corpse.

The Audiobook of SHAMUS DUST will be released to reviewers in August along with the book and eBook. My thanks to John Reilly (CBS Radio, The Disney Channel and many others) whose reading captures the noir mood and rhythms beautifully. If you're a reviewer, please contact Matador's Sophie Morgan.

A modern wonder! Now you can listen to excerpts (as well as read them) on the SHAMUS DUST website. Click to hear John Reilly's private-eye narrator put you right in period from the get-go. A super recording too, with more excerpts being added as the audiobook progresses. Can't wait to hear how it ends!

Great excitement! The Audiobook is now in post-production, and the web site is ready for release. Also a message from John Reilly. Of his readiing of Newman, the private-eye who narrates Shamus Dust, he writes: "I really enjoyed taking on this character. I hope your readers (and listeners) like him as much as I do." Very many thanks, John, and all good wishes.

This is great - it’s elegant and spare but still cloaks itself in a terrific atmosphere. I liked the backstreet whores and the tipster barbers; the gold-leaf dining rooms and the tenement bedrooms. For me, it rang of Chandler - a grey-skied, British ‘Big Sleep’.

by Atlantic Books

A writer new to me but this was a highly impressive debut. Well written with lush descriptive prose, an original plot and an atmospheric description of post war London.

Hard to ask for much more - highly recommended.

by Greville

Really good debut novel. Everything is really well described. It was easy to immerse myself in post war London.

by Julie

An interesting story that has so many twists and turns it's a bit dizzying. Not another wannabe hardboiled tale, this story read very well and I found it compelling and very hard to put down.
Elegant, spare and well designed, everything is tied up and connected, and well worth the read!

by D

This is an author that I have not heard of, or read before. I found her style of writing very sophisticated and classic.

The books starts of in 1947, in the post war city of London, with a killing being investigated.

A book that you must read slowly and not rushed through. A very impressive debut for this author

by Rose

Shamus Dust is one of those unexpected surprises. When you open up this box, don't assume it's just another wannabe-Hardboiled tale. Set in post-war London with a third of the city bombed out ruins and folks still recovering from wartime separation, these dark gloomy streets are a treacherous warren of intrigue. Murder, corruption, scandal are here in force. And, it will take more than just ordinary wits to decipher what's up and who-done-it. Written in rich, thick prose that you could get lost in, this is a spectacular journey. Don't make the mistake of skimming anything, there's a lot on every page and all of it is important. Don't blink or you might miss something important. A very impressive debut indeed.

by Dave (Goodreads review)

Janet Roger

Janet Roger was apprehended for the first time at age three, on the lam from a strange new part of town. The desk sergeant looked stern, but found her a candy bar in his pocket anyway. Big mistake. He should have taken away her shoelaces. She's been on the run ever since.

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