Updated: Mar 25
“It is rare to read a book so beautifully written, so evocative and with such narrative bite, and so I must be careful not to gush. Shamus Dust, however, took my breath away and, yes, it really is that good. It's out soon, and you'd be mad to miss it.” 16 Oct
"Read this brilliant book, and imagine it being narrated in a smoky bourbon-tinged American voice. Ex-pat Newman walks the mean streets of London (and its 1947 bomb sites) determined to find a killer." 01 Oct
"London, December 1947. American PI Newman picks his way between the frozen ruins to solve a murder mystery. Shamus Dust provides an object lesson in how to spin a spider's web of a plot and lay down prose that crackles like an electric storm." 29 Sept
"It's that dead time between Christmas and New Year. 'Dead' is the problem, as PI Newman tracks a killer around a frozen London in 1947, and uncovers a conspiracy. Shamus Dust is simply brilliant. Sparkling prose and mordant humour." 28 Sep
"Every so often a book comes along that is so beautifully written and so haunting that a reviewer has to dig deep to even begin to do it justice. Shamus Dust by Janet Roger is one such." 28 Sep
"Imagine Polanski's masterpiece, Chinatown played out against the bomb sites and grimy alleys of a freezing 1947 London. Newman is the world-weary PI in Shamus Dust by Janet Roger. Brilliant writing, compassion and a biting sense of humour. " 28 Sep
"'Chandleresque' is much over-used in book reviews, and I am as guilty as anyone. Shamus Dust, however, were it to be read to you in a cigarette-smoky LA voice, could be the master himself. It's astonishingly complex and very clever."
"Shamus Dust is set in the bitter winter of 1947. London's bomb sites and gas-lit courtyards are the backdrop for an intense and complex murder mystery with characters and dialogue that would do credit to Chandler. My review follows in a few days."
"Crime book reviewers - if you haven't yet got a copy of this, then beg, borrow or blag one. It is something rather special. I'm about half way through, but taking it steady because it is very, very good."