CHRIS NICKSON | A dirty, noir dream ... Review of Shamus Dust by Janet Roger

Updated: Nov 12

Chris Nickson is a distinguished writer, novelist, music journalist, and biographer.

Born in Leeds, West Yorkshire he moved to the US aged 21 and stayed for the next thirty years! Back in Yorkshire since 2005 he's written a series of historical novels set in the 1730s that he says are "about more than murder. They're about the people of Leeds and the way life was - which means full of grinding poverty for all but the wealthy ... as well as the politics, when there was one law for the rich, and another, much more brutal, for everyone else."

Plus ça change ...

And here's what he had to say about Shamus Dust set in 1947 London:

"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 Chandler'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."

This review was first posted on Goodreads 09 November 2019

Janet Roger is the author of SHAMUS DUST : HARD WINTER, COLD WAR, COOL MURDER - available for purchase on Amazon UK and Amazon US

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