Each has its own main characters, yet share some common secondary characters and locations. If you've read one of the quartet you'll remember Sonny Thaku, Ray Peterson, and Gary Mitchell. Those guys make an appearance in all the books. You'll also be familiar with some of the locations in Kings Cross like Ronnie's, The Blue Room, and the inimitable Harry's.
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I took a different approach to writing Flank Street than I did to writing Heather. I wrote the last page first, called it a prologue, and then worked out how the MC would get there. It was fun, and the writing went fast.
Micky Dewitt sails into Sydney on his run-down yacht Nina. Micky has always had to keep moving; from Hamburg, London, Boston, Antigua… the list goes on. Every time Micky drops anchor in a new country, he lands in a heap of trouble. Why would Australia be any different?
He soon becomes a barhop in Sydney’s red light district, Kings Cross, where tourists, locals, gangsters and sex workers go about their daily grind. It doesn't take him long to fall in with bad company, which leads him to burglary, arson, and being an accessory to murder.
The two main female characters, seductive Carol, and the sweet and vulnerable Meagan, both play a part in Micky’s downfall. When he first meets Carol he makes assumptions about her based on her behaviour and looks. But as he gets to know her, he finds out that she has a depth and intelligence that aren't immediately obvious. However, Carol has a dark side that soon surfaces, and it is that darkness that ultimately ensnares him.
Nothing is what it seems, as Micky falls deep into a honey trap that spins his life out of control and pushes him to the edge of sanity.
"Brilliantly plotted book. Keeps up the suspense all the way. Never sure if Nick can trust Stacia and vice versa. In the background is the dangerous Ray Peterson and the atmospheric Kings Cross area of Sydney. Just as good as the first book in the quartet. Looking forward to reading book three ... Very highly recommended." Amazon reviewer
Ex-Detective Lieutenant Stacia Black, formerly of the Chicago Police Department, knows all about violence and poverty. She grew up with it. As a cop working for the Organized Crime Division’s Narcotics section, she fought against it. Maybe she’s been on the wrong side all these years. The side that stays poor while others get rich. Now she’s in Sydney’s notorious Kings Cross, looking to make a score of her own. What she needs is a man with connections.
Something of a loner, quiet and cynical Nick Miller has been content to run a bar and stay out of trouble until Stacia appears, looking to make a deal with the head of organised crime—the boss of Kings Cross. Nick’s no criminal, but he knows people. People like underworld enforcer Ray Peterson.
Nick is balanced on a knife’s edge, torn between his loyalties to his acquaintances and his hunger for something better. He steps off the edge, straight into a world of danger and deceit, where the only thing that matters is making it out alive.
Can a dishonest American cop teach Nick to live again, or will she get him killed?
Can they stay out of jail, stay alive, and stay together?
Find out in this tense, fast paced thriller.
"A great psycho - thriller - whodunit novel from one of the best Crime / Thriller writers I know. A great plot that'll keep you turning pages well into the night. The Rick Stone PI is very Chandleresque, echoes of the Sam Spade ripostes run through the dialogue making this a really cool novel to read. Great descriptions, locations and characters round this off as a truly great novel. Good fun !" Amazon reviewer
Six months after his partner was murdered, Rick Stone returns to Sydney trying to pull his life back together. While he was away, two more women were murdered, each seemingly unrelated to the others. When a third woman is murdered in the same way, and Rick gets caught up in the investigation, he becomes obsessed with finding a link between the murders.
Each night, Joy Stringer steps outside the quiet orderliness of her day job, and hangs out in bars and clubs in Sydney’s Kings Cross to gather material for a book she’s always wanted to write. After one of her main sources of information dies, she fears for her own safety.
When Joy and Rick meet in a bar one night, they discover that by pooling information and working together, they can help each other achieve their goal. That decision leads them into more danger than they could ever imagine, and to an outcome that nobody could foresee.
She’s out to avenge her sister’s death, he’s on a path to self-destruction.
Can they find the evidence they need without getting caught? Are they strong enough to take on this fight without losing themselves in the process?
Find out in this action-packed thriller, filled with daring adventure and high-risk operations!
Heather Todd’s life had never been easy, but when her sister died as a result of overcut cocaine, everything changed. Now she’s determined to take down Sydney’s notorious organized crime ring, vowing to ensure her sister didn’t die in vain.
Ex MI6 operative turned world sailor, Sam Autenburg is on a bender after his partner died, also as a result of overcut cocaine. When one night things go desperately wrong for Sam, Heather comes to his rescue.
Taunting and goading him, she eventually convinces him to take on her cause and infiltrate the organized crime syndicate responsible for her sister’s, and his partner’s, deaths. Going after the brutal gang will be no easy feat, and in order to stop them, Sam and Heather must put their own lives on the line.
Together in loss and driven by revenge, Sam and Heather hunt for justice, and in doing so, begin their own path to redemption.
Shadow House is a story about how people are changed by circumstance and pressure, both external and internal, and how when released from that pressure, some are able to become their true selves.