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'. - ATLANTIC BOOKS
Ms Roger’s American shamus in a sooty, postwar London of trench coats and shadows evokes the ghost of Marlowe abroad. ‘Shamus Dust’ is a noir homage that reminds us the blackouts may have ended but the city’s darkness lingered on; it’s an evocative, haunting debut. - CHRISTOPHER FOWLER Penguin Author
Roger can write like a dirty, noir dream that thrashes in the small hours. Her London in the bleak, still-bombed-out winter of 1947 lacks any of the sunlight of Chander's California, but she takes her cue from him, although by way Phillip Kerr's Bernie Gunther and, perhaps more, Craig Russell's Lennox - a Canadian in postwar Glasgow. It's easy to see both of them in her work. But Roger gives her own hard-boiled masterclass, with plenty of the unexpected and enough action and drama to keep the blood pumping. A superb debut. - CHRIS NICKSON Creme de la Crime Author
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.
SHAMUS DUST: HARD WINTER COLD WAR COOL MURDER
SHAMUSDUST is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. © 2019 JANET ROGER