Enter the world of gangland crime. Some men command a respect that few others, even in this violent underworld, can equal. They live by a strict code and to them violence is simply an accepted part of their profession. Here is the fullest ever collection of ‘hard man’ accounts: over 30 true stories of men living on the very edge of what is ‘normal’ to the rest of us – the merciless streets of Mafia, Triads, Yardies, Yakuza, Hell’s Angels and Chinese Tongs.
They are the faces behind a dozen urban myths, and bywords for toughness. People you just don’t want to mess with. Including both recent gangsters and notorious earlier Mafia-age predecessors – from Ned Kelly, Dillinger, Capone and the Krays, to Mad Frank, Lenny ‘The Guv’nor’ McLean and Sonny Barger – this is the ultimate collection for anyone interested in violent true crime, how ‘real’ criminals think, and the darker elements of society.
Leading anthologist Maxim Jakubowski presents the very best in crime writing from around the world – 40 short stories from an all-star line-up of international writers.
They cover the full spectrum of crime fiction, from noir and thrillers, to whodunnits and procedurals, with settings that include Italy, Cuba, Scandinavia, Russia, USA, Japan, Germany, Mexico, France, Italy, Spain and the UK. Among the writers presented are:
Ian Rankin, bestselling author of compelling, cerebral crime fiction set in Edinburgh, featuring the much-loved Inspector Rebus.
John Mortimer, the English barrister and writer, famous for his much-loved fictional character Horace Rumpole of the Bailey.
Boris Akunin, whose eccentric characters and surprising, inventive plots have earned him a reputation as one of the finest contemporary writers of classic crime fiction.
Mark Billingham, whose series of taut procedural thrillers featuring London policeman Tom Thorne have won him numerous fans.
Giorgio Faletti, author of the 5 million copy seller I Kill.
Jo Nesbo, a hugely succesful Norwegian writer with a series featuring Detective Harry Hole, set in Oslo.
Jeffrey Deaver, one of the very best US crime writers. His psychological thrillers feautring Lincoln Rhyme have been bestsellers around the world.
Ruth Rendell, one of the UK’s most respected crime writers.
You couldn’t make it up: incredible real-life criminal cases
A fascinating A-Z of murderous crimes which spans the globe and the centuries in uncovering the extremes of human criminality in all its strangeness.
This collection of unusual, if not sensational, murder cases recalls strange crimes of the past and offers insights into particularly macabre and shocking modern murders. Many of the cases also shed light on advances in crime detection, law enforcement and forensic science.
Cases include: Krystian Bala, the Polish writer who killed a rival, and then used the murder as the plot for a novel; Alexander Pichuskin, who was stopped one short of killing the 64 victims he needed to ‘fill a chess board’; John Lee, ‘the man they could not hang’ who survived three attempts to execute him; and Adelaide Bartlett, who was accused of killing her husband with chloroform, but was acquitted because no one could work out how she had done it – and she wouldn’t say.
For twenty years The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror has been recognized as the world’s foremost annual showcase of horror and dark fantasy fiction. Now, with one story from each year in which it has been published, from 1989 to 2008, representing the work of dozens of authors, many of them acknowledged as the foremost practitioners of the genre, multi-award-winning editor Stephen Jones looks back on two decades of superb writing to bring readers the ultimate horror fiction anthology.
With names such as Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Fowler, Neil Gaiman, Michael Marshall Smith, Paul J. McAuley and Lisa Tuttle, this collection represents a true landmark in horror fiction publishing.
Praise for Stephen Jones:
‘Horror’s last maverick.’ – Christopher Fowler
‘Stephen Jones . . . has a better sense of the genre than almost anyone in this country.’- Lisa Tuttle, The Times Books
‘The best horror anthologist in the business is, of course, Stephen Jones.’ – Roz Kavaney, Time Out
‘Edited by Stephen Jones, a member of that tiny band of anthologists whose work is so reliably good that you automatically reach out and grab hold of any new volume spotted if you are wise.’- Gahan Wilson, Realms of Fantasy
‘One of the genre’s most enthusiastic cheerleaders.’ – Publishers Weekly
‘Horror readers owe Stephen Jones a lot.’ – Rue Morgue
‘Edited by the prolific and reliable Stephen Jones.’ – SFX Magazine
‘Jones performs his usual exemplary job.’ – Starlog (UK)
‘A new horror anthology from Stephen Jones is always an event’ – Dennis Etchison
The must-have annual anthology for every crime fiction fan – the year’s top new British short stories selected by leading crime critic Maxim Jakubowski.
This great annual covers the full range of mystery fiction, from noir and hardboiled crime to ingenious puzzles and amateur sleuthing. Packed with top names like Colin Dexter, Christopher Fowler, Alexander McCall Smith, Robert Barnard, Peter James, Natasha Cooper, Sophie Hannah, and many more
Using the latest modern technology available to forensic science, crime scene investigators answer questions others never even thought to ask. This book contains more than thirty fascinating modern cases of forensic detective work.
Genetic fingerprinting, blood splatter analysis, laser ablation, toxicology, ballistics analysis – the whole range of forensic techniques is featured. The investigators trust only the evidence to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves: the victims.
The cases featured include:
– Tommie Lee Andrews, the first person to be convicted as a result of DNA evidence, for raping a woman during a burglary;
– Jeffrey Gafoor, convicted of murder in 2003 when crime scene evidence collected twelve years previously resulted in a match with his nephew;
– Richard W. Rogers, convicted of the murder of two of his numerous gay male victims, through vacuum metal deposition, technology which saves fingerprints from plastic bags;
– Dr. Sam Sheppard, the murder trial based on blood evidence that inspired the TV series The Fugitive;
– Edwin Bush, the first murderer in Britain to be brought to book thanks to an identikit picture;
– Derrick Todd Lee, the Baton Rouge Serial Killer, only nailed by DNA evidence after a flawed FBI profile led big-shot investigators astray.
These cases – usually successful, but also sometimes dangerously flawed – offer a remarkable insight into real-life scene-of-crime investigation.
The biggest collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle laid down his pen – nearly 200,000 words of superb fiction featuring the Great Detective by masters of historical crime, including Stephen Baxter, H. R. F. Keating, Michael Moorcock and Amy Myers.
Almost all the stories here are specially written; the cases presented in the order in which Holmes solved them. The result is a new life of Sherlock Holmes, with a continuous narrative alongside the stories that identifies the ‘gaps’ in the canon and places the new and hitherto unrecorded cases in sequence. Plus an invaluable complete Holmes chronology.
Over 25 short story masterpieces from writers such as Louis de Bernières and Ian Rankin – modern literary tales to chill the blood.
This spine-chilling new anthology of 20th and 21st century tales by big name writers is in the best traditions of literary ghost stories. It is just a little over a hundred years ago that the most famous literary ghost story, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, was published and in the intervening years a great many other distinguished writers have tried their hand at this popular genre – some basing their fictional tales on real supernatural experiences of their own.
The year’s best, and darkest, tales of terror, showcasing the most outstanding new short stories and novellas by both contemporary masters of the macabre and exciting newcomers.
As ever, this acclaimed anthology also offers the most comprehensive annual overview of horror around the world in all its incarnations; a comprehensive necrology of famous names; and a list of indispensable contact addresses for the dedicated horror fan and writer alike.
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror remains the world’s leading annual anthology dedicated solely to presenting the best in contemporary horror fiction.
Praise for Stephen Jones:
‘The best horror anthologist in the business is, of course, Stephen Jones, whose Mammoth Book of Best New Horror is one of the major bargains of this as of any other year.’ Roz Kavaney
‘An essential volume for horror readers.’ Locus
‘Stephen Jones . . . has a better sense of the genre than almost anyone in this country.’ Lisa Tuttle, The Times Books
Our dark past brought to life by leading contemporary crime writers
A new generation of crime writers has broadened the genre of crime fiction, creating more human stories of historical realism, with a stronger emphasis on character and the psychology of crime.
This superb anthology of 12 novellas encompasses over 4,000 years of our dark, criminal past, from Bronze Age Britain to the eve of the Second World War, with stories set in ancient Greece, Rome, the Byzantine Empire, medieval Venice, seventh-century Ireland and 1930s’ New York.
A Byzantine icon painter, suddenly out of work when icons are banned, becomes embroiled in a case of deception; Charles Babbage and the young Ada Byron try to crack a coded message and stop a master criminal; and New York detectives are on the lookout for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Deirdre Counihan, Tom Holt, Dorothy Lumley, Richard A. Lupoff, Maan Meyers, Ian Morson, Anne Perry, Tony Pollard, Mary Reed and Eric Mayer, Steven Saylor, Charles Todd, Peter Tremayne
Edgy revelations and revealing first-hand accounts, including the inspirations for popular TV dramas as diverse as The Wire, The Sopranos and Life on Mars. Terrorists, criminal gangs, drug-dealing lawyers, solitary psychos and suspected serial killers all feature as the intended targets in these cops’ tales.
Using fake identities and complex back-stories, dependent on teamwork to keep one step away from exposure, torture and death, the subjects of this book describe in vivid detail what it is like to cultivate contacts and gather evidence in major prosecutions: in the UK, Northern Ireland, the USA and around the world.
They know who they are and what they’re capable of – cross them at your peril.
No real hard bastard needs to brag or bully; most are modest, thoughtful and quiet. They have nothing to prove, as opposed to wannabe tough guys, who may pump themselves full of steroids or devote themselves to the study of a martial art, but can they handle themselves during an aggressive confrontation?
It is the real hard bastard’s absolute willingness to fight literally anyone, his ability to be uncompromisingly violent, his complete lack of fear, and unwillingness to admit defeat that makes him stand out in a crowd. A real hard bastard exudes an unmistakable air of confidence and authority.
The full list of Hard Men is: Geoff Thompson (Former British nightclub bouncer and world-famous martial artist. Now a BAFTA-award-winning writer); Thomas Silverstein (America’s most dangerous prisoner); Arthur White (Once one of London’s most notorious debt collectors. Now reformed and a Christian); Tom Taylor (A former US Presidential bodyguard); Don Murfet (Minder to the rock band Led Zeppelin); Charlie Bronson (Britain’s most violent prisoner – also an artist and writer); Gary Alexander (Full-contact fighting champion of North America); Roy Shaw (British bare-knuckle fighting champion; Ali vs Tyson; Hard Bastards: what exactly are they?; Noel ‘Razor’ Smith (Former British gangster serving multiple life sentences); Street Kings & Bare-Knuckle Fighters (the toughest of them all); Mike Tyson (Boxer); The Krays (Britain’s most infamous gangsters); Dave ‘Boy’ Green (British boxer); Luciano Leggio (Sicilian gangster); Bob Honiball (Martial arts expert currently training Eastern European special forces); Peter Rollack aka ‘Pistol Pete’ (New York City gang member); Gregory Peter John Smith (Australian bandit); John Brawn (Ireland’s hardest man, martial artist and bouncer); William Coss (Just a regular US citizen put in an extreme situation); Mickey Francis (Manchester’s most notorious football thug and gangster, now a professional wrestler); Jake LaMotta (Boxer); Vladimir Bogomolov (Soviet bodyguard); Big Joe Egan (Probably the hardest white man on the planet); Dennis Martin (Doorman, bodyguard and Liverpool’s hardest man).