Cerise Noire The latest novel by A.J. Sendall

Cerise Noire was published today. It's been a while since you've heard from me, in fact it's been a long while since anyone has heard from me. The reason is that I've been head down writing another book which I sincerely hope you'll read and enjoy. Cerise Noire is a mystery/suspense novel that will keep you guessing until the last few pages.Read the blurb here.In the past couple of months I've re-branded The Sydney Quartet with new covers and some slight textural changes…

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Indie Author and the Ford Cortina

What's an indie author got to do with a recalcitrant Ford Cortina? More than you might imagine! I suppose we all remember firsts. The first job, the first car, the first kiss... I wasn't an indie author in the summer 1974, but it was when I bought my first car. It was a ten-year-old Mk1 Ford Cortina, bottle green, the Deluxe version, and 1500cc. That first day of ownership, while driving home sticking to the hot vinyl seats, and fiddling with the radio, I…

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Flank Street Trailer

Flank Street The Sydney Underworld Quartet: Book Two   The virtual book tour starts June 9th, and runs until August 9th. click to read an excerpt [amazonad]

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Flank Street – The Sydney Quartet: Book Two

Flank Street was released today!   From the first word to the first sale has taken a bit over six months. It feels a lot longer, possibly because this was the first time in more than three decades I'd spent a winter in Europe; it seemed to go on forever. I missed the warmth of Australia and it's people. However, those long cold months of being house-bound with a log fire and pots of tea, were good for the writing process. I took…

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Protagonist

Protagonist - which is your favourite? We all have our favourite protagonist, these are a handful of mine. Being a fan of noir, protagonist Philip Marlowe, the private detective created by Raymond Chandler, is high on my list. He is one of the most inspirational character I have ever read. He's the epitome of heroism, toughness, and loneliness. Another classic noir protagonist is Sam Spade, from Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. Sam Spade is able to take care of himself in any situation, able to…

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Noir

Noir and neo-noir fiction and movies. Noir was an easy choice for today's letter 'N' for the April A to Z Challenge. Noir is one of my favourite genres in both books and movies. The core of popular noir stems from authors such as Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain - "The Postman Always Rings Twice", Patricia Highsmith - "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1955), and David Goodis - "Down There" (1956), which is a moody, intense novel of a musician who's fallen on hard times,…

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Micky

Micky DeWitt is the main character and narrator from Flank Street. Micky is entirely fictitious, or as far as a character can be. When it comes to creating characters, we all draw on people who've crossed our paths, or influenced us in one way or another. I don't know who Micky is, or where he came from, but it started like this— Late one night, I was looking down a wet, tree-lined street, and spotted Micky walking in the shadows. After a while,…

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Flank Street – The Sydney Quartet

I took a different approach to writing Flank Street than I did to writing other books. 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. It's written in first person from the view of Micky DeWitt, a shiftless criminal. Micky arrives in Sydney by boat, broke and on the lookout for opportunity. After taking a job as barman in a Kings Cross pub, he’s eventually…

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