In his take-no-prisoners debut novella, BC’s Scarla is a lethal combination of hardboiled crime and hardcore horror. BC Furtney is the writer-director of the feature noir thriller Do Not Disturb, and award-winning short films including Mister Eryams and Disposer.
From the Back Cover:
Scarla Fragran shook the world. The youngest female kickboxing champion in history, she came from nowhere to become the brightest young star with the most promising future. Until it all died, along with the man she loved and the only life she'd ever known. Now, she hunts and kills, preying on the predators that cost her more than she ever thought she could lose. Working as an undercover prostitute for the police, she walks the night as bait. Her only lifeline is a man she hardly knows, but Facil LeTour is the only thing standing between Scarla and the jaws of death. Every night is a roll of the dice. She has nothing left to live for, but a million ways to die.
"The story is unique, the characterization well done, and every detail is so authentic that it lends more credence to the idea that this novel could easily be turned into an HBO series or a film (well, that an the author actually has a background in film). It's authentic, the story will grab you and won't let go, and even for reluctant readers or those who don't usually dip into horror, if they like action and they like violence, they will love this story of a troubled young woman that turns out to be far deeper and more intriguing than the standard "girl with super powers goes nuts and kills a bunch of people" although some readers may be tempted to dismiss the novel as just that. Case in point: don't listen to those readers." --Hellnotes
"This book is soaked in blood and sweat, hell even the cover feels grimy. The novel moves at a quick burst and is filled with gratuitous descriptions of disembowelment’s, decapitations and such." --Toxic Graveyard
IT IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED for this book to be read by anyone suffering from heart conditions, psychological ailments, asthma or ulcers. It is also prohibited to be read by pregnant women and, in general, anyone who is sensitive. If you start to feel unwell, shakiness, heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea, acute pain in the head or eyes, or if you feel yourself losing consciousness or detect bleeding, then you’re on the right path!
For ten years the Mammoth Best British Crime series has been publishing an annual volume of the most outstanding crime and mystery short fiction published in the UK. Over 400 stories by the very best writers in the field have been published. Contributors have included, among many others, Mark Billingham, Liza Cody, Roger Jon Ellory, Reginald Hill, Peter James, Simon Kernick, Alexander McCall Smith, Val McDermid, John Mortimer, Anne Perry, Ian Rankin, Derek Raymond and Andrew Taylor.
On several occasions, stories published in The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime have won some of the most prestigious awards in the field, including the Crime Writers Association Short Story Dagger, The Mystery Writers of America Edgar award and the Anthony award, while countless others have featured on the respective shortlists.
This truly bumper collection of over 120 stories, an omnibus edition of Volumes 7, 8 and 9, showcases as ever the impressive breadth of crime writing, from cosy tales of detection to noir mayhem and psychological suspense and terror. There are puzzles to solve, nagging questions about the nature of the society in which we live, but, above all, there is an abundance of first-class entertainment.
Over 1600 pages of outstanding crime fiction by: Lin Anderson, Kate Atkinson, Ian Ayris, Ray Banks, Robert Barnard, Colin Bateman, Mark Billingham, Nigel Bird, Tony Black, Stephen Booth, Paul D. Brazill, Simon Brett, Gerard Brennan, Christopher Brookmyre, Alison Bruce, Ken Bruen, Declan Burke, Col Bury, Tom Cain, Ann Cleeves, Liza Cody, Natasha Cooper, Bernie Crosthwaite, Judith Cutler, Colin Dexter, Martin Edwards, Matthew J. Elliott, Kate Ellis, R. J. Ellory, Chris Ewan, Christopher Fowler, Simon R. Green, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Allan Guthrie, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Mick Herron, David Hewson, Reginald Hill, Matt Hilton, Kate Horsley, Peter James, Paul Johnston, L. Kennedy, Bill Kirton, John Lawton, Simon Levack, Michael Z. Lewin, Toby Litt, Peter Lovesey, Phil Lovesey, Stuart MacBride, Adrian Magson, Barry Maitland, Alexander McCall Smith, Keith McCarthy, Val McDermid, Brian McGilloway, Denise Mina, Steve Mosby, Edward Marston, Amy Myers, Barbara Nadel, Stuart Neville, Christine Poulson, Ian Rankin, Sarah Rayne, Peter Robinson, Nicholas Royle, Zoë Sharp, Roz Southey, Sally Spedding, Jay Stringer, Andrew Taylor, Marilyn Todd, Peter Turnbull, L. C. Tyler, Simon Kernick, Nick Quantrill, Sheila Quigley, Louise Welsh, Marc Werner and Kevin Wignall.
But edging closer to the truth brings unexpected danger to Wesley. For the truth echoes a story of twisted love and obsession from many centuries ago - a truth that almost costs Wesley his life . . .
Depression-era Chicago is awash in liquor and blood, ruled by guns, graft, and gangsters like John Looney. His most feared enforcer is Michael O’Sullivan, known as the “Angel of Death.” But when O’Sullivan’s twelve-year-old son witnesses a gangland murder committed by Looney’s brutal son, O’Sullivan’s entire family is marked for execution to cover up the crime. O’Sullivan and his son find themselves on the run… and seeking vengeance… on the long, bloody road to Perdition.