New Review for Wanted

“Shankin is a great main character – he has a good side keeping him from being a cold-blooded killer, but a keen sense of survival means he is willing to break the law and kill those that threaten him. The plot takes Shanklin across the world and introduces a number of other characters. Whilst sometimes a large number of characters and names can confuse and results with the plot becoming diluted, Rees manages to keep on track and gives each character a reason for their existence. Each page holds its own story and keeps the pace going from strength to strength. And just when you think it’s all over, there is another twist. My only criticism? The book is left on a cliff hanger meaning I will have to wait to see how Shanklin gets himself out of ” – Crime Squad.

Wanted is out now in the UK here and in the US here.

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Bookmachine Event in Brighton on 6th November – with mince pies and drink!

BM-flyer-2014Oh, and tickets are available here.

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Finished copies of The Very Hungover Caterpillar arrive!

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The Very Hungover Caterpillar cover reveal!

Some of you may remember that last year Constable & Robinson published We’re Going on a Bar Hunt, a parody of Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury’s much loved children’s classic.

Newspapers like The Guardian and Telegraph and sites like Huffington Post were kind enough to say things like “hilarious”, “naughty”, “fabulous” and “very funny”.

My writing partner (and wife) Josie Lloyd and I had a tonne of fun writing it and working with super-talented illustrator Gillian Johnson and the people at Constable to turn it into a book, so much fun that we got together and decided to write one more.

The Very Hungover Caterpillar is a parody of the wonderful kids’ classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Here’s the cover… What do you think?

Hungover Cat high res

The Very Hungover Caterpillar follows the quest of one man as he attempts to shake off his hangover, through eating whatever he can get his hands on, and annoying his family in the process.

We hope it’s as much fun as the first one and will get a knowing wink from anyone who fondly remembers the original, but has now grown up and knows all too well just how painful hungover days can be . . .

You can pre-order your copy on Amazon here.

Out on 6th November!

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US paperback copies of Wanted now on sale…

Wanted US paperback

Danny Shanklin is the world’s most wanted man.

Hunted by nine international intelligence agencies for a terrorist atrocity he did not commit, he’s now trapped in a deadly race against the clock to protect his life, his family, and the world from the people responsible—people intent on true destruction. For though they framed him, these terrorists are really after a much bigger target: six lethal smallpox formulations, any one of which could trigger a global pandemic, leaving only one in three people alive.

With the help of a Ukrainian mercenary and a ruthless female assassin, Danny soon finds himself forced into the roles of both predator and prey—as he tries desperately to win the fight of his life.

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Dark and Stormy 2014 – we had fun and hope you did too…

Well, that’s it for Dark & Stormy Crime Festival here in Brighton for another year. We had a blast and hope that everyone who came down to support and join in did too.

beforeparty

Heres a little shot from before… setting up the bar in our Friday night party venue The Basement, with plenty of delicious booze from our fabulous drinks sponsors Dark Star Brewing Co. and The Kraken Rum… and generous donations to food and frolics from Pan Macmillan and Headline Publishing.

Survivors Dark & Stormy

& here’s one from after… with that Julia Crouch, Ray Leek & myself… following a wonderful three days of events, starring in no particular order of general epicness Elizabeth Haynes, Lesley Thomson, Lisa Cutts, Laura Lockington, Cadida Lacey, JJ Connolly, Peter James, Natalie Haynes, Lindsey Davis, Ben Wheatley, Barry Forshaw, Tony Parsons, James Naughtie, Tom Rob Smith, Stella Rimingon, Liam Fox, Luke Harding, David Bramwell, Colette McBeth, S J Watson & Danny Miller.

Now to get planning for 2015! For more info on upcoming events, or to get involved yourself, please sign up for our newsletter here.

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Murder on Sea – tonight in Brighton, 8pm

Keith Waterhouse said that Brighton is a town that always looks as if it is helping police with their enquiries.

But why do crime writers continue to set their stories here?

Before

In this chat show-style evening, David Bramwell asks four authors whose books have a Brighton setting: Colette McBethErin KellyDanny Miller and S.J.Watson.

There’ll also be livemusic from the Silver Swans, film clips, readings by actors Tim Crouch and Emma Kilbey, and more.

tim crouch

Tim Crouch

Oh, and plenty of chat in the bar before and after, so do come along for what promises to be a cracking Dark & Stormy night.

Tickets available here.

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