Just out is the phenomenal first Detective Le Fanu Adventure by Brian Stoddart. A Madras Miasma, a classic detective tale set in 1920s India, takes a close look at murder, intrigue and colonial politics on the subcontinent. Available as an ebook and in print from Amazon.
Next up is The Takeover, a gritty Irish crime drama by Jonathan Dunne, out in a couple of weeks as an ebook.
Our transgressive Sci Fi adventure, The Gwousz Affair by Gary Anderson, set in the near future where Animal Farm meets The Big Sleep and is infused with a dash of Bladerunner, is now available as paperback.
We are currently reading manuscripts and will continue to publish a wide variety of crime - from whodunits to Noir and Hardboiled, from historical mysteries to espionage thrillers, from literary crime to pulp fiction, from highly commercial page turners to marginal texts exploring cultural underbellies.
Prospective authors should take a look at our submissions page.
A Madras Miasma
Madras in the 1920s. The British are slowly losing the grip on the subcontinent. The end of the colonial enterprise is in sight and the city on India’s east coast is teeming with intrigue. A grisly murder takes place against the backdrop of political tension and Superintendent Le Fanu, a man of impeccable investigative methods, is called in to find out who killed a respectable young British girl and dumped her in a canal, her veins clogged with morphine.
The first Detective Le Fanu Adventure, A Madras Miasma, tells a classic tale of murder, corruption and intrigue with a sharp eye on British colonial politics and race relations. It is a story that, like its main protagonist, has its heart firmly in the right place.
Peter “Pop” Popovich is a 24-year-old unemployed glazier, anti-Semite and white supremacist who is pushed over the edge by his chaotic mother, his unresponsive lover, an uncaring stepfather and a right-wing hate machine that tells him liberals want to take away his guns and his liberty. While he waits to be executed for his crimes, “Pop” squibs sentences, whole paragraphs, a novel about life on Death Row in which he reprises the life that landed him there.
Read an interview with author Michael Zimecki.
Free Goodreads Giveaway - The Gwousz Affair
A genre-bender (think Animal Farm blended with The Big Sleep, spiced with a dash of Gulliver’s Travels and served with a side of Blade Runner), The Gwousz Affair is a dystopian-mystery novel in which the Western world is largely ruled by highly intelligent bovines. Yet at the heart of the novel lies a story that is pure noir.
Gritty, funny, speculative and gripping, The Gwousz Affair is cutting edge Sci-Fi Noir for the 21st century.
The Crime Wave Press Goodreads giveaway is closed. Thanks to the more than 800 readers who contested for our ten free paperback copies. They're on their way.
Hot off the digital press - Salaryman Unbound
Iwasaki Shiro, a 46 year old salaryman in Tokyo is having a midlife crisis. Unexceptional in his IT job, he works in the shadow of his boss’s charisma. His children are embarrassed by his mediocrity and his wife rarely thinks of him as an individual. He has nothing to show for decades of conformity and doing the right thing.
Shiro needs purpose in his life, so he begins to plot the murder of a neglected housewife on his street. He takes trips to scout places to dispose of a body, researches knives and arteries, and buys a neurotoxin while on a business trip in Thailand. His plans transform his personality – he can stand up to his boss, keep his children in line, wear the trousers in the marriage – but as he gets ever closer to doing the deed, it becomes clear there is more going on than he suspected.
Salaryman Unbound is a taut, literary crime novel set in contemporary Japan.
Read an interview with author Ezra Kyrill Erker about his new title.
Brand new and ice cold - Skewered and other London Cruelties
Benedict J Jones’ novella Skewered takes us onto the mean streets of South East London. An Asian business tycoon has been kidnapped and Charlie ‘Bars’ Constaniou, just out from a third stretch in prison and stuck working in his uncle’s kebab shop, is more than ready to hand over the ransom money for a cut of the action. But simple plans never pan out and soon Charlie is up to his neck in a crooked family feud that involves a stellar cast of misfits including a psychotic torturer and a classic femme fatale. David Goodis meets Get Carter by the Thames in this Noir feast. Five down & dirty short stories accompany Skewered into the British capital’s criminal underbelly.
Listen to Benedict J Jones talk about his work at The Small Picture Podcasts.
Jame DiBiasio in conversation at The Little Picture Podscasts
Gaijin Cowgirl by Jame DiBiasio is a high octane adventure introducing Val Benson, flaky Tokyo hostess and utterly unreliable protagonist who stumbles across a map to one of the greatest treasures lost in World War II.
Three Father Ananda Mysteries out now
The series follows our hero, a former policeman and Buddhist monk, as he solves murders in temples around Thailand.
Nick Wilgus is working on a fourth Father Ananda Mystery titled The Curious Corpse, which will be out with Crime Wave Press later this year.
Mindfulness and Murder is now a feature film.
Watch the movie trailer here.