The Hard Cold Shoulder


From the back cover:
“A surprisingly dark, thoughtful, action-filled, hard-boiled thriller with a heart as black as pitch. If you like dark fiction, this is it.” 
-Christopher Black, available in any colour


A frantic phone call from a small time criminal sends ex-DI Ben Pitkin on the hunt for a girl gone missing in a kidnap extortion gone wrong. Forced to act outside of judicial procedure, Pitkin must follow a trail scattered with deceit and apathy through the backstreets of small town Greater Manchester. Every step leaves him wrestling with his own sanity, takes him deeper into seedy shadows thick with money and greed, deeper into the sicknesses of a country tearing itself apart under the pressures of austerity.

Northern Noir at its most fierce, LA Sykes’ novella, "The Hard Cold Shoulder", takes a hard, cold look at the desperate actions of desperate people caught in the effects of psychological trauma.


“LA Sykes is a force to be reckoned with. His writing is crisp and to the point. His no-holds-barred stories would make Donald E Westlake and Jim Thompson proud. When I first read him it was a jolt of electricity. It made me want to stand up and scream, ‘HELL YEAH!’”
-Mark Slade, writer and podcaster: Dark Dreams and Blackout City


''The Hard Cold Shoulder is clever, ruthless and hardboiled enough to give the meanest tough guy the shivers'' 
-Frank Larnerd.




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Print: ($8.49): [Lulu]

Ebook ($3.99): [PDF] [EPUB] [LIT] [MOBI] [Kindle] [Nook]


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