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New Crime & Mystery Fiction Titles From Indigo July-Sept 2000

John Baker Poet in the Gutter Pbk published August 2000 by Indigo at £5.99 ISBN: 0575402857 Tweet This Book

See Review by Val McDermid - Gold Dagger winner & creator of Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan & Tony Hill

Introducing Sam Turner, who bluffs his way into a job as a private eye – and then discovers he’s good at it

Sam Turner has always had a romantic yearning to be Sam Spade. So he tells his men's group in York that he's a private eye - it's better than admitting he's an unemployed alcoholic. But then one of his friends asks for help in tracking an erring wife. So suddenly Sam is a P.I. And the next thing he knows, he's on the track of a serial killer - with the help of a street liver and an ex English teacher pensioner. . . 'Exceedingly cunning, laid back plot . . . Genial, fast and funny' Philip Oaks, Literary Review
'Something quite unexpected . . . Entrancing - and funny' Natasha Cooper, TLS

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John Baker Death Minus Zero Pbk published August 2000 by Indigo at £5.99 ISBN: 0575402873 Artwork by: Cover: Splash. Photograph: Anette Haug Tweet This Book

See Review by Val McDermid - Gold Dagger winner & creator of Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan & Tony Hill

'Sam Turner became York's most laid-back .private eye by accident, but now he's doing it for real. He's got an office and a staff, even if that's only former street kid Geordie, unemployed snooker player and womanizer Gus, and retired English teacher Celia. He's even got a client, a weirdo who wants to track down Snow White. What Sam doesn't know is that his client, Norman, is on the run, an escaped psychopath who kills with less compunction than most people crush beetles...

‘With his second novel, Baker takes more risks than many writers would dare and triumphs' Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News

'Strong, dark and discursive... there's no doubt that - with his York setting and up-from-the-gutter hero - Baker has added something new to the crime scene' Philip Oakes, Literary Review

'Great characters, idiosyncratic plot a definite original' Maxim Jakubowski, Time Out

'Absorbing and well-written with an exciting finale' T.J. Binyon, Evening Standard


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John Baker King of The Streets Pbk published August 2000 by Indigo at £5.99 ISBN: 0575402849 Tweet This Book

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Whenever he talked about it later, Sam Turner would say the whole thing started with Jeanie Scott, who looked like the woman from Scottish Widows. She was scared - her ex-husband Cal had been murdered the day before and her house broken into, although nothing was taken. Thinking the two events must be connected, and fearing for her safety and that of her daughter, she wanted Sam to investigate.
When Sam and his unlikely sidekicks - a teenage street kid, the widow of his former partner Gus and a retired English teacher of a certain age - start asking around, it's not long before the threatening phone calls turn into action and their office is trashed. Never one to back down, especially when he's so obviously being warned off, Sam digs deeper. He uncovers connections everywhere: unexpected links between both break-ins, Gal's murder and the case of a missing boy who had turned up dead a couple of days earlier in Brownie Dyke in York, minus his genitalia.
All the threads are drawing Sam back to his past, to an old enemy he's been watching for a very long time, but who has always seemed to be above the law. He's not sure how it all fits together, but you can bet there'll be trouble for someone when he works it out.
Sam just hopes it won't be for himself …

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Charlene A Berry Cajun Heat Pbk published July 2000 by Indigo at £5.99 ISBN: 1885478593 Tweet This Book

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Jonathan Carroll Kissing the Beehive Pbk published August 2000 by Indigo at £6.99 ISBN: 0575402911 Artwork by: Cover: Splash Tweet This Book

Praise for Kissing the Beehive:

'Carroll orchestrates this smartly layered narrative with skill, and does force you to turn the pages...Adroit entertainment. File under 'beachwear' and use accordingly' Douglas Kennedy, The Times
'On the level of sheer sentence construction and his pellucid prose, Jonathan Carroll is among the most purely pleasing writers of the decade. Yet his elegant, entrancing novels have real depth' Kim Newman, Independent

When bestselling novelist Samuel Bayer decides it's time he wrote his 'great book', he chooses as his subject a true-life event that took place twenty years earlier in his home town, Crane's View. As a child Samuel discovered the body of teenage beauty Pauline Ostrova (commonly known as 'the beehive') floating in the Hudson river. Her boyfriend, Edward Durant, was arrested, imprisoned and died in gaol. But as he begins to examine why things happened, Samuel finds himself unearthing secrets which threaten to sour his rosy-hued childhood. This leads to devastating - and fatal - consequences for both himself and those around him...

Jonathan Carroll is a writer who infuriatingly refuges to be classified. His prizewinning novels have been consistently praised but inconsistently pigeon-holed as fantasy, twentieth-century horror, literary fiction and even crime thrillers. What most people do agree on, however, is that he is a master-storyteller, a writer with an unique ability to create something as wonderful and as crazy as anything seen on Twin Peaks
Jonathan Carroll was born in New York in 1949 to creative parents - his father was a writer whose film credits included The Hustler and his mother was an actress and lyricist who appeared in numerous Broadway musicals and films. After a rebellious youth that was curtailed when a friend was shot dead by the police, he graduated from Virginia University and then moved to Vienna to teach English. Although he has received invitations to teach in numerous cities, he continues to write, teach and live in Vienna with his wife, while his son attends college in New York State.
His novels have been translated into seventeen languages and his powerful writing and extraordinary imagination for ideas has earned him world-wide admiration. His fan base has grown steadily and includes such literary heavyweights as Pat Conroy, Stephen King, Michael Moorcock and Thomas Harris and also Jane Campion, Juliette Bincohe, Sting and the King of Poland. He has won the World Fantasy Award.

'Blending fairy tale, drama, magic realism and occult horror, the fiction of Jonathan Carroll is like no one else's. It begins with a careful sketch of 'real' life, takes a sudden 'turn into the fantastic, then careers toward ever more disorienting wonders until a final revelation or enigma' Washington Post


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Jonathan Carroll The Marriage of Sticks Pbk published August 2000 by Indigo at £6.99 ISBN: 0575402490 Tweet This Book

See Review by Michael Jecks - author of the highly acclaimed Furnshill & Puttock series
See Review by Jay Russell - one of the greatest talents the horror industry has produced for some time… (Black Tears)

Returning to her class reunion after fifteen years, Miranda Romanac has her heart set on meeting her high-school sweetheart, James Stillman - the man who continues to represent the ideals of her youth. She is devastated to learn, therefore, that he had died three years before in a car crash. As she tries to face up to what has happened, her life starts to take an unexpected turn. The catalyst for this change is her meeting with the fabulously eccentric Frances Hatch, mistress of many of the great artists in Paris in the twenties. Simultaneously, she embarks upon an affair with Hugh, an art-dealer and a married man and then sees James Stillman again, waving furiously to her from across the street. Can it be possible or is it merely a figment of her over-active imagination? In one click, everything Miranda takes for granted is destroyed and her life slowly begins to spiral into a fantastical nightmare reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe.
Through a series of extraordinary events, described in that spellbinding way that Carroll is celebrated for, Miranda learns from both the living and the dead who she really is and how far her history goes back. It is not a happy discovery but it is optimistic, as there lies the possibility of redemption. If she has the courage and imagination to recapture a life she once thought her own, there is a chance. But if she fails, who knows the full consequences for both herself and for those around her.

Jonathan Carroll is a writer who infuriatingly refuses to be classified. His prizewinning novels have been consistently praised but inconsistently pigeon-holed as fantasy, twentieth-century horror, literary fiction and even crime thrillers. What most people do agree on, however, is that he is a master-storyteller, a writer with an unique ability to create something as wonderful and as crazy as anything seen on Twin Peaks.

'Blending fairy tale, drama, magic realism and occult horror, the fiction of Jonathan Carroll is like no one else's. It begins with a careful sketch of 'real' life, takes a sudden turn into the fantastic, then careers toward ever more disorienting wonders until a final revelation or enigma' Washington Post

Praise for Kissing; the Beehive:
'Carroll orchestrates this smartly layered narrative with skill, and does force you to turn the pages...Adroit entertainment. File under 'beachwear' and use accordingly' Douglas Kennedy, The Times
'On the level of sheer sentence construction and his pellucid prose, Jonathan Carroll is among the most purely pleasing writers of the decade. Yet his elegant, entrancing novels have real depth' Kim Newman, Independent

Jonathan Carroll was born in New York in 1949 to creative parents - his father was a writer whose film credits included The Hustler and his mother was an actress and lyricist who appeared in numerous Broadway musicals and films. After a rebellious youth that was curtailed when a friend was shot dead by the police, he graduated from Virginia University and then moved to Vienna to teach English. Although he has received invitations to teach in numerous cities, he continues to write, teach and live in Vienna with his wife, while his son attends college in New York State.
His novels have been translated into seventeen languages and his powerful writing and extraordinary imagination for ideas has earned him world-wide admiration. His fan base has grown steadily and includes such literary heavyweights as Pat Conroy, Stephen King, Michael Moorcock and Thomas Harris and also Jane Campion, Juliette Bincohe, Sting and the King of Poland. He has won the World Fantasy Award

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J.Robert Janes Stonekiller Pbk published September 2000 by Indigo at £5.99 ISBN: 0575402601 Tweet This Book

Each year she took the same trip. Always on the same date. Always to the same place. The climb to the cave and afterwards a shower under the waterfall, but now the blowflies rise above her mutilated corpse.

J. Robert Janes was born in Toronto and now lives in Ontario. A mining engineer and geologist by profession, Janes has also worked as a teacher and lecturer. Since becoming a full time writer in 1970, he has written over twenty books including novels for children and adults and a number of textbooks.


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J.Robert Janes Madrigal Pbk published September 2000 by Indigo at £5.99 ISBN: 0575402598 Tweet This Book

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'Mon Dieu ' exclaimed St-Cyr, the breath escaping him. La Chambre du cerf' grunted their guide dispassionately. The Stag Room. She was lying on the floor, on her back but with her face turned away from them, and her long golden hair was bound by a right headband of silver brocade in which were insets of pale blue enamelled violets.
Much blood had flowed from her to pool and darken on the glazed and soldier-ravaged tiles. Arterial blood had been pumped so hard, it had sprayed across the floor and over the wall to stain the medieval fisherman and run down the long white neck of a swan that was about to be trapped for the table six hundred years ago.
Blood was spattered down her front - had she been on her knees begging God to intervene? Had she fled to here? Had she run from her assailant? Why had she been in the Palais at all?

Occupied France. World War II.
The pairing of Jean-Louis St-Cyr of the Surêté and Gestapo Oberdetektiv Hermann Kohler seems unorthodox but they have always been successful. Shipped hastily from Paris to Avignon they are sent to investigate the violent death of a young woman in the Palais des Papes. The victim is the scion of a fallen aristocratic family and a scholar of medieval history. She is also a singer who is desperate to join the Madrigal group for whom she already designs and makes costumes.
But the victim has left behind a coded journal which, if deciphered, may enable St Cyr to discover the truth. After much self-doubt, fear and another death, St-Cyr may just do that.
Big on local colour, noir atmospherics and historical detail, the plot is a complex mix of politics, sex, drugs and professional jealousy.

'Sandman, the previous title in Janes 's series about an unlikely team of detectives in Occupied France, was chosen by both Publisher 's Weekly and the New York Times Book Review as one of the best mysteries of the year. This new title is equally compelling ' Publishers Weekly of Salamander
'A quarter as resonant as any ever written about a world at war ' Dick Adler, Amazon.com
'Janes devises a shocking solution to the brutal crimes at hand, but his larger point about the complexities of human guilt isn't so easy to close the book on Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review, of Mannequin J Robert Janes was born in Toronto and now lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. A mining engineer and geologist by profession, Janes has taught geology, geography and mathematics in high school and has lectured in geology to adult students. Since becoming a full time writer in 1970, he has written over twenty books including novels for children and adults and a number of textbooks. Carousel, Kaleidoscope, Mayhem and Salamander, four other St Cyr and Kohler mysteries.

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