CHRISTOPHER FOWLER | Review of Shamus Dust by Janet Roger

Updated: Nov 12

Christopher Fowler is an English thriller writer whose awards include the 2015 CWA Dagger In The Library, The Last Laugh Award and the British Fantasy Award, the Edge Hill Prize and the inaugural Green Carnation Award. His other works include screenplays, video games, graphic novels, audio and stage plays.

Recently he was kind enough to review SHAMUS DUST and had this to say:

"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."

Fowler is the author of the Bryant and May mysteries, in which the two detectives, Arthur Bryant and John May, are members of the fictional Peculiar Crimes Unit, based on a unit his father worked in during World War II. Not so much earlier than Shamus Dust begins and about the time our own PI Newman was investigating fraud for the British Army. [See Chapter 37]

Fowler weaves many factual layers of London's history and society throughout the series just as I've done in Shamus Dust. But as in any good story, the trick is to know what's fact and what's fiction.

  • "Roger captures the spirit of post-war London in pretty much the same way Chandler captured the atmosphere of 1930s Los Angeles. Both writers used actual place names and described those locations vividly. " - Fenwick Melville

  • "The research is impeccable, the cold, dark rubble of a snow-covered post-Blitz freezing London so real you'll find yourself shivering with the cold and reaching for a blanket. " - Helen Hollick

  • "... the descriptions of London recovering from the blitz are outstanding, " - Steven Feldman

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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