Saturday, 26 March 2011


Those clever peeps at Five Leaves Publications have announced their plans to re-launch their Crime Express imprint in April.

There are four novellas hitting the stands on the first of next month –

Claws by Stephen Booth is the story of DC Ben Cooper’s assignment to the Rural Crime Squad. He steps into the middle of an age-old conflict on the wild Peak District moorlands, where not all the victims are human.

Graven Image by Charlie Williams is noir at its best. Brothel bouncer Leon has to rescue his daughter from Graven, but everything goes wrong. Badly wrong.

Not Safe by Danuta Reah is a powerful story about a detective’s investigation into the apparently closed case of a refugee’s brutal murder.

California by Ray Banks is gritty and dark, it follows parolee Shuggie Boyle’s increasingly desperate attempts to get from California (Falkirk) to California (America).

At £4.99 each these small but beautifully formed works of art are ideal for those long boring journeys into work, soaking up the bubbles in the bath or even those inevitable long waits in dentist waiting rooms.

The novella is a much ignored literary format these days and an ideal one for the crime genre, so hats off to Five Leaves for having the cojones to give us fans of the genre another way of getting a fix. They deserve our support so hie ye off to   CRIME EXPRESS  and give your credit card an outing.