In this intelligently written, and darkly comic, anti-noir mystery set in the smoky world of 1958 San Francisco, Joe experiences surrealistic dreams, in which his once best friend pleads for Joe’s help, before turning a gun to his own head and firing. Joe sets out to locate him, only to discover he disappeared weeks before the dreams began. Joe Nails has a problem all right, an entire shopping list of them, but as he speeds down a tormenting road of murder, confusion, and desperation with no off-ramps, he just may solve a few – providing the fast approaching .357 yearning for another victim allows it.
The Fourth String
“The Claremont”, an outdated, run-down apartment building, is thrown into turmoil when its latest and most celebrated resident, Crispin Fairchild, conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, is found murdered. His eccentric neighbours and members of the orchestra appear saddened by his death but are they? Is one of them his killer? These are questions Detective Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn asks himself when he takes on the case and unearths not only the innermost secrets of those who knew Crispin, but the enigma that surrounds him.