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Count Me Out


Russell James

Some reviews of this book:

‘His best in ages. Relish the darkness.’ - Time Out

‘James’s writing is in the best hard-boiled tradition, and his evocation of the seamier side of British life is subtly realistic and without sensationalism.’ - Booklist

‘Full of good things ... Two of the most memorably drawn villains I've come across for quite some time ... A vivid evocation of life on the road with the travelling boxing booth ... An ending that will chill you to the bone.’ - Bob Cornwell in CADS.

‘Awash with sleaze and excitement ... what I really liked about this book was the immediacy of the characters. The setting of a fairground added a magical quality and the plot kept me guessing till the end.’ – Lynda Ross in Tangled Web magazine.

‘One of Britain's best Noir writers, producing dark, powerful novels with a distinctive South London setting. In his novels, humour and humanity flourish in strange places, accentuating - and occasionally redeeming - the bleakness of the setting. ... The combination of an honourable loner, a powerful narrative and an interesting specialist background suggests an unexpected parallel: the novels of Dick Francis.’ - Andrew Taylor in Tangled Web magazine

‘James has created an entirely loathsome and creepy pair of criminals (bringing to mind Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre in their roles in the Maltese Falcon) who balance the plucky and admirable father-and-daughter team of Jet and Stella.’ - Publishers Weekly

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