My old buddy, Jake Barton, another authonomy Gold Star Winner, is currently setting the Kindle world alight with his explosive thriller Burn, Baby Burn. Now rubbing shoulders with the likes of Lee Child and Alan Guthrie in the top 20 of all paid for kindles, Jake is living proof that authonomists can make it.
Here is what he said about Black Shadows...
Black Shadows is Raymond Chandler or James Ellroy reinvented for the 21st century. There’s a real authenticity about the period; the setting – New York in the 1940s - the characters – all coming together in a detective story that really hits the heights.
From the dramatic opening onwards, the reader is hooked. It’s a proven formula: a wisecracking detective, exotic female characters and shady gangsters, but here everything works so well. The sense of pace is perfectly judged, the short, snappy sentences adding to the excitement. Simon Swift is a clever, inventive writer with the ability to take the detective story to new heights.
The acknowledged masters of the genre: Chandler, Hammett and their ilk are long gone. Make way for a new star in their firmament, Simon Swift, and his exceptional novel, Black Shadows.