See It First: J. Scott Matthews, Iain Ryan, and Darryl Donaghue

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Noir

The Drowning City by J. Scott Matthews

Tokyo Noir is a new type of serial patterned after the best contemporary TV dramas. It’s gritty atmosphere, complex characters, and fast-paced action make for an addictive thriller with depth. The Drowning City is the first of five episodes.

A killer stalks the streets of a Tokyo on the brink. Now, three people on opposite sides of the law find themselves caught up in the blowback from the slayings.

There’s Vasili, the ruthless yakuza boss desperate to conceal a secret so explosive, it could tear the underworld apart and finally loosen his grip on power. Satoshi, the conflicted street soldier forced to question his allegiances when he’s tasked with bringing in his best friend for a fate worse than death. And Mei, the detective assigned to catch the killer, only to find herself pulled under Vasili’s influence. Caught between a corrupt police force and a crime kingpin determined to lead her astray at every turn, she’ll have to outwit both sides to stop the killer before he strikes again.

Three desperate people who will have to break all their own rules just to stay alive. And even that may not be enough.

Crime

Drain Land by Iain Ryan

*A disgraced cop. A case gone wrong. A danger she never saw coming.*

Laura Romano is a dishonored cop and an addict. After being sold out by her biker boyfriend, she’s reassigned to Tunnel Island, a tropical paradise with a dark, seedy underbelly. When the son of an influential politician turns up dead, Romano teams up with a hard-nosed sheriff to investigate.

As the clues point to a pair of junkies from the island’s south side, Romano knows there are too many loose ends to let the case go. What she doesn’t realize is that someone on the island knows the truth about the case. Someone who will stop at nothing to keep the truth a secret…

*Drainland* is the first book in a new series of crime mysteries. If you like hardboiled female protagonists, gritty crime mysteries, and a dash of tropical paradise, then you’ll love Iain Ryan’s fast-paced page-turner.

Mystery

Death’s Privilege by Darryl Donaghue

Following disciplinary action, PC Sarah Gladstone, a happily married mother of two, is reluctantly enrolled onto Mavenwood’s fast-track detective training programme.

As she begins her investigation training, her tutor, DS Dales, a long-serving British detective with the emotional scars to prove it, warns her about the insidious nature of detective work. He’s concerned that Sarah’s career will leave her as it’s left him-bitter and with a string of broken marriages.

When a woman is found dead in a luxurious hotel room, Sarah attends what at first appears to be a routine suicide. As the case turns into a murder investigation, she begins to uncover a disturbing pattern of sinister connections and unlikely suspects that leads her a little too close to home…