Tribulations of the Shortcut Man: A Novel

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From a writer described as “a worthy successor to Raymond Chandler” (Michael Connelly), the follow-up to Shortcut Man, featuring Dick Henry in a rousing tale of sin and salvation in the City of Angels.

Dick Henry is the Shortcut Man, assisting people with their sticky situations in the belief that the shortest answer to many problems may not always be legal. In Tribulations of the Shortcut Man, he reluctantly provides assistance to an old girlfriend, pole dancer Pussy Grace.

After Pussy’s boyfriend, rich and famous developer and septuagenarian Art Lewis, has inexplicably cut off communication with her, Dick and Puss enter Lewis’s mansion disguised as gas company employees to investigate. Everything quickly goes downhill. Dick and Puss flee, leaving the very dead Art Lewis behind. Dick anticipates arrest until news breaks the next morning: Art Lewis has just gotten married and is now enjoying his honeymoon. Realizing a conspiracy is afoot, Dick must navigate his way through the underbelly of Los Angeles and a motley crew of miscreants in pursuit of justice.

“Filled with enough dark humor and shady characters to satisfy the most rabid noir fan” (Associated Press), p.g. sturges’s Shortcut Man series is hard-boiled crime at its best.
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About the author

p.g. sturges was born in 1953 in Hollywood, California. Punctuated by fitful interludes of school, he has subsequently occupied himself as a submarine sailor, a dimensional metrologist, a Christmas tree farmer, an optical metrologist, a musician, a songwriter, an author, a playwright, and a screenwriter.

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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Feb 7, 2012
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781439194232
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
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Book 1
Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…

Five figures gather round a shallow grave.  They had all taken turns to dig.  An adult-sized hole would have taken longer.  An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …

Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.

But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.

As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late? 

Fans of Rachel Abbott, Val McDermid and Mark Billingham will be gripped by this exceptional new voice in British crime fiction.

Watch out for more from D.I. Kim Stone

A Detective hiding dark secrets, Kim Stone will stop at nothing to protect the innocent.  Silent Scream is the first book in the series – watch out for EVIL GAMES – also out now.

What people are saying about Silent Scream

'I absolutely loved it! ... This one is one of the best crime thrillers I've read in a long time, and that includes mainstream authors such as James Patterson! I would seriously put this book in the same league.' Fiona’s Book Reviews

‘I have not been so impressed by a debut novel in a long time, and I'm actually now itching for more from D.I. Kim Stone and the rest of her squad… D.I. Kim Stone is like the British Jane Rizzoli. She's so ballsy and doesn't understand the meaning of the word no. I LOVE heroines who just do what they want and sod the consequences and Kim did that, right from the beginning as people keep turning up dead, people who are all connected to a children's home that burned down… If you were ever wondering how to write a gripping, wholly engaging crime novel, just have a read of Silent Scream and marvel at how Angela Marsons has done it. I can't wait for the second book, because this one was a top-notch crime thriller.’  Leah Loves

'I don't think I've been so hooked by a new author since the discovery of Mark Edwards or Mark Billingham… Silent Scream gets 5 stars from me - if you finish a crime thriller feeling like you just need to have a lie-down and a cup of tea to get your breath back, then the writer has done their job. Angela Marsons, I still don't have my breath back.’ Reading Room with a View

‘Normally when I see everybody rating a book five stars I think 'Is it really that good?' Silent Scream is that good, and then some… The only problem Angela now faces is keeping up this standard as the series progresses, but if she does than she's going to be an author to watch and a huge star within the genre.’ Book Addict Shaun

‘I started reading ‘Silent Scream’ thinking I would just read a few chapters. I ended up reading it all… I love it when an author chooses a dark topic and does it incredibly well… An excellent read and one I would happily recommend.’  Northern Crime

‘This is a fantastic debut novel by Marsons. The blurb said that if you were a fan of Val McDermid and Mark Billingham you would love this book and being a huge fan of both I thought I would give it a go and I was pleasantly surprised… With lots of twists and turns this is a real page turner and I would highly recommend it.’ The Laughing Librarian

‘It's highly unusual for me to find a book that leads me to put my life on hold. But Angela Marson's Silent Scream has led me to virtually abandon work for the last day, even with deadlines looming, leaving my house a mess and the ironing pile untouched… ticks all the boxes for a 5* rating from me: a well written flowing story; strong but vulnerable protagonist; fast pace; intrigue; twists and turns until several final OMG moments; plenty of action; and the revealing of a brutal murderer.’  Off the Shelf

Book 3
Two girls go missing. Only one will return.


The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die. 

When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping. 

And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad. 

Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises that these ruthless killers might be the most deadly she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour… 

Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price? 

The latest utterly addictive thriller from the No.1 bestseller Angela Marsons. 

Read what reviewers are saying about Lost Girls


‘Love it, love it, love it! If I could give this more than 5 stars I would. Suffice to say this is a 5++++++++ star read once again for me. The author has done it again, produced a story which kept me reading, in one sitting, until I reached the end … I would put this story alongside books from authors such as James Patterson. It has instantly gone to the top of my favourites list, as has the author.’ Fiona’s Book Reviews 

‘Lost Girls was yet another brilliant read … Angela Marsons' books get better and better … This is gripping and addictive reading, hard to put down … a roller coaster ride with plenty of twists and turns.’ Off the Shelf Book Reviews 

‘Angela Marsons is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors ever.Ever since I read the AMAZING Silent Scream, I have been addicted to her slick and compelling narratives … Compelling, addictive and frightening, Lost Girls is a book you can’t afford to miss.’ A Bookseller Blabbering 

‘For anyone new to Angela Marsons, where have you been? This is one author that stands out from the crowds … a corker of a book. It will keep you hooked and anxious until the last page’ Bye the Crime 

‘Oh my days... I didn't know this series could get any better, but this is by far my favourite so far. This book will certainly be in my top ten books of 2015… This was an absolutely brilliant read… Angela, I don't know how you do it, but by God please keep doing it.’ I Love Reading 

‘Another superb, thrilling novel by Angela Marsons. This lady absolutely rocks, and every book keeps getting better and better!’ Reading Corner for Book Lover’s 

‘Wow, I didn't think Angela Marsons DI Kim Stone series could get any better, but she has really outdone herself here. A fabulous and fast paced thriller with twists and turns galore. Once started I could not put it down until the last page had been turned … I don't give books a 5 star rating unless they have that special something that blows me away, but 'Lost Girls' was a very easy 5 stars for me.’ Cal Turner’s Book Reviews 

‘Lost Girls kept me up late into the night as I just couldn't bear to put it down. Angela Marsons has written a tightly woven thriller, that will keep the reader riveted to the last page.’ The Book Review Café

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