• Fiction

Soho Dead


Author: Greg Keen
Publisher: Kenny Gabriel Crime Novel
ISBN: 9781477820186
Category: Fiction
Page: 332
View: 4416
Kenny Gabriel is three years away from turning sixty, has forty-three quid in the bank and is occasionally employed to find people who would rather not be found. Broke, clientless and depressed, he knows things can’t get much worse. Then he’s summoned to the office of London media magnate Frank Parr, whose daughter, Harry, is missing—and there’s ten grand on the table to get her back. It’s a lot of money, and God knows Kenny needs the cash. But he and Frank have a history he’d rather not revisit. Kenny worked for him in the seventies, when Frank was the head of a Soho magazine empire and owner of an infamous nightclub. And Kenny might still be working for Frank now—if he hadn’t witnessed his boss brutally torturing another employee. Kenny suspects taking this job is a mistake, and he’s probably right. Because while he may be done with the past, the past is far from done with him.

    • Fiction

Soho Ghosts


Author: Greg Keen
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
ISBN: 9781542048361
Category: Fiction
Page: 334
View: 9649
PI Kenny Gabriel is hunting ghosts from the past. But some of them are hunting him back. When a disgraced politician is found dead at his London flat, there are few people who mourn his demise. George Dent's reputation was in tatters, and his suicide surprises nobody--except one. Dent's childhood friend Peter Timms is certain the MP's downfall was a set-up; why else was he being stalked in the weeks before his death? Timms can even name the culprit--the only problem is, he's been dead for seventy years. But broke PI Kenny Gabriel can't afford to be cynical. He agrees to round up Dent's old school gang, although some of them are less than keen to be found. Meanwhile, Meg Dylan, matriarch of a North London crime family, is hot on Kenny's heels with another case. As pressure mounts on both sides, Kenny knows he must find the truth behind this ghost--or become one himself.

    • Fiction

Moon Over Soho


Author: Ben Aaronovitch
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780575097629
Category: Fiction
Page: 375
View: 5934
I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around drinking tea, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording. Cyrus Wilkinson, part-time jazz saxophonist and full-time accountant, had apparently dropped dead of a heart attack just after finishing a gig in a Soho jazz club. He wasn't the first. No one was going to let me exhume corpses to see if they were playing my tune, so it was back to old-fashioned legwork, starting in Soho, the heart of the scene. I didn't trust the lovely Simone, Cyrus' ex-lover, professional jazz kitten and as inviting as a Rubens' portrait, but I needed her help: there were monsters stalking Soho, creatures feeding off that special gift that separates the great musician from someone who can raise a decent tune. What they take is beauty. What they leave behind is sickness, failure and broken lives. And as I hunted them, my investigation got tangled up in another story: a brilliant trumpet player, Richard 'Lord' Grant - my father - who managed to destroy his own career, twice. That's the thing about policing: most of the time you're doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you're doing it for justice. And maybe once in a career, you're doing it for revenge.

    • Fiction

Death of a Nationalist


Author: Rebecca Pawel
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 1569473447
Category: Fiction
Page: 262
View: 9319
Madrid 1938. Carlos Tejada Alonso y Leon is a Sergeant in the Guardia Civil, a rare rank for one not yet 30, but Tejada is an unusual recruit. Second son of a wealthy family of landowners, he is an enthusiast for the Catholic Franquista cause - a dedicated and triumphant Nationalist. The bitter war between the Nationalists and the Republicans has drawn international attention, drawing fascists and communists from around Europe. When the Nationalists triumph in Madrid and begin to impose order, Tejada finds the body of his friend and goes in search of justice.

    • Young Adult Fiction

The Sweet Dead Life


Author: Joy Preble
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 1616951516
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 244
View: 8544
The angel book gets a Texas makeover from the author of the Dreaming Anastasia series. "I found out two things today: One, I think I'm dying. And two, my brother is a perv." So begins the diary of Jenna Samuels, who is having a very bad year. Her mother spends all day in bed. Dad vanished when she was nine. Her older brother, Casey, tries to hold together what’s left of the family by working two after-school jobs—difficult, as he’s stoned all the time. To make matters worse, Jenna is sick. Really sick. When she collapses one day, Casey tries to race her to the hospital in their beat-up Prius and crashes instead. Jenna wakes up in the ER to find Casey beside her, looking pretty good. Better than ever, in fact. Downright... angelic. The flab and zits? Gone. Before long, Jenna figures out that her brother didn’t survive the accident at all, and she isn’t just sick; she’s being poisoned. Casey has been sent back to help Jenna find out who’s got it out for her, a mystery that leads to more questions about their mother’s depression and their father’s disappearance. From the Hardcover edition.

    • Fiction

A Scream in Soho


Author: John G Brandon
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press Inc
ISBN: 1464206503
Category: Fiction
Page: 222
View: 2389
‘For a scream in the early hours of the morning in Soho, even from a female throat, to stop dead in his tracks a hard-boiled constable, it had to be something entirely out of the ordinary.’ Soho during the blackouts of the Second World War. When a piercing scream rends the air and a bloodied knife is found, Detective Inspector McCarthy is soon on the scene. He must move through the dark, seedy Soho underworld– peopled by Italian gangsters, cross-dressing German spies and glamorous Austrian aristocrats – as he attempts to unravel the connection between the mysterious Madame Rohner and the theft of secret anti-aircraft defence plans. This evocative and suspenseful London novel from the golden age of British detective fiction is now republished for the first time since the 1950s, with an introduction by the award-winning crime novelist Martin Edwards.

    • Fiction

Beau Death


Author: Peter Lovesey
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0751570664
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
View: 6519
A wrecking ball crashes through the roof of a terraced cottage in Bath and exposes a skeleton in eighteenth-century clothes. Can these possibly be the remains of Beau Nash, the so-called King of Bath, whose body is said to have ended up in a pauper's grave? Peter Diamond, the city's most experienced detective, is ordered to investigate, but grappling with historical events causes ructions in his team until everyone is diverted by a modern killing during a fireworks display on the Royal Crescent lawn. But Beau Nash refusesto be ignored - and when astonishing new facts emerge about the case, Bath's history is rewritten and mysteries ancient and modern are fused in a devastating climax.

    • Fiction

Double Kiss


Author: Ronnie O'Sullivan
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1760557889
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
View: 4737
The race is on. There’s no such thing as a quiet life for Frankie James. With his brother out of jail and his debts cleared, Frankie’s thinking about his future – until a postcard arrives from Mallorca. It reminds Frankie of something his mother said to him, and is signed off with a kiss. But his mother’s been missing for six years, everyone thought she was dead . . . When the niece of London’s fiercest gang lord, Tommy Riley, goes missing from her boarding school, Tommy knows there’s one man for the job. That man is Frankie James. It’s now up to Frankie to find her and it’s a race against time. Frankie must decide is he’s willing to enter the criminal underworld he’s tried so hard to escape from. Everything’s at stake – his family, his career, his life. He can’t afford to lose this time, but what does winning mean for him? With temptation at every turn, old habits die hard. Double-Kiss is the fast-paced, thrilling sequel to Framed, by snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan

    • Art

Art on the Block

Tracking the New York Art World from SoHo to the Bowery, Bushwick and Beyond
Author: Ann Fensterstock
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1137278498
Category: Art
Page: 274
View: 3840
A tour of the last four decades of contemporary art in New York City reveals how artists pioneered new trends in gentrification and inspired art renewals, focusing on the achievements of such artists as Basquiat and Rauschenberg.

    • FICTION

Where the Dead Sit Talking


Author: Brandon Hobson
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 1616958871
Category: FICTION
Page: 288
View: 6231
Set in rural Oklahoma during the late 1980s, Where the Dead Sit Talking is a startling, authentically voiced and lyrically written Native American coming-of-age story. With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a fifteen-year-old Cherokee boy, is placed in foster care with the Troutt family. Literally and figuratively scarred by his mother's years of substance abuse, Sequoyah keeps mostly to himself, living with his emotions pressed deep below the surface. At least until he meets seventeen-year-old Rosemary, another youth staying with the Troutts. Sequoyah and Rosemary bond over their shared Native American background and tumultuous paths through the foster care system, but as Sequoyah's feelings toward Rosemary deepen, the precariousness of their lives and the scars of their pasts threaten to undo them both.

    • Fiction

Viral


Author: James Lilliefors
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 1616950692
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
View: 2738
"Viral is a world-class thriller." -Vince Flynn Two brothers race to stop a political mastermind's massive bioterrorist plot in this terrifying espionage thriller. In remote pockets of the Third World, a deadly virus is quietly sweeping through impoverished farming villages and shanty towns with frightening speed and potency. Meanwhile, in Washington, a three-word message left in a safe-deposit box may be the key to stopping the crisis—if, that is, Charles Mallory, a private intelligence contractor and former CIA operative, can decipher the puzzle before time runs out. What Mallory begins to discover are the traces of a secret war, with a bold objective—to create a new, technologically advanced society. With the help of his brother Jon, an investigative reporter, can he break the story to the world before it is too late—before a planned “humane depopulation” takes place? As the stakes and strategies of this secret war become more evident, the Mallory brothers find themselves in a complex game of wits with an enemy they can’t see: a new sort of superpower led by a brilliant, elusive tactician who believes that ends justify means. From the Hardcover edition.

    • Fiction

Nobody Walks


Author: Mick Herron
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 1616954876
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
View: 1593
Set in the same fictional London as his CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning Slough House spy series, Mick Herron now introduces Tom Bettany, a man with a violent past and only one thing to live for: Avenging his son’s death. Tom Bettany is working at a meat processing plant in France when he gets a voicemail from an Englishwoman he doesn’t know telling him that his estranged 26-year-old son is dead—Liam Bettany fell from his London balcony, where he was smoking pot. Now for the first time since he cut all ties years ago, Bettany returns home to London to find out the truth about his son’s death. Maybe it’s the guilt he feels about losing touch with Liam that’s gnawing at him, or maybe he’s actually put his finger on a labyrinthine plot, but either way he’ll get to the bottom of the tragedy, no matter whose feathers he has to ruffle. But more than a few people are interested to hear Bettany is back in town, from incarcerated mob bosses to those in the highest echelons of MI5. He might have thought he’d left it all behind when he first skipped town, but nobody ever really walks away. From the Hardcover edition.

    • History

Soho in the Eighties


Author: Christopher Howse
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472914813
Category: History
Page: 288
View: 2654
In the 1980s Daniel Farson published Soho in the Fifties. This memoir is a sequel from the Eighties, a decade that saw the brilliant flowering of a daily tragi-comedy enacted in pubs like the Coach and Horses or the French and in drinking clubs like the Colony Room. These were places of constant conversation and regular rows fuelled by alcohol. The cast was more improbable than any soap opera. Some were widely known – Jeffrey Bernard, Francis Bacon, Tom Baker or John Hurt. Just as important were the character actors: the Village Postmistress, the Red Baron, Granny Smith. The bite came from the underlying tragedy: lost spouses, lost jobs, pennilessness, homelessness and death. Christopher Howse recaptures the lost Soho he once knew as home, its cellar cafés and butchers' shops, its villains and its generosity. While it lasted, time in those smoky rooms always seemed to be half past ten, not long to closing time. As the author relates, he never laughed so much as he did in Soho in the Eighties.

    • Fiction

Soho Sins


Author: Richard Vine
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN: 1783299290
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
View: 5509
They were the New York art scene's golden couple until Amanda Oliver was found murdered, and her husband Philip confessed to shooting her. But was he a continent away when she died? Art dealer Jackson Wyeth sets out to learn the truth, and uncovers the secrets of Manhattan's galleries and wild parties, a world of beautiful girls growing up too fast and men losing their minds. But even the worst the art world can imagine will seem tame when the final sin is revealed...

    • Fiction

Love Like Blood

A Tom Thorne Novel
Author: Mark Billingham
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 0802189547
Category: Fiction
Page: 432
View: 3943
Internationally bestselling author Mark Billingham's riveting new novel Love Like Blood marks the return of series character Tom Thorne, 'the next superstar detective' (Lee Child), as he pairs up with perfectionist detective inspector Nicola Tanner of Die of Shame on an investigation that ventures into politically sensitive territory. DI Nicola Tanner needs Tom Thorne's help. Her partner, Susan, has been brutally murdered and Tanner is convinced that it was a case of mistaken identity'that she was the real target. The murderer's motive might have something to do with Tanner's recent work on a string of cold-case honor killings she believes to be related. Tanner is now on compassionate leave but insists on pursuing the case off the books and knows Thorne is just the man to jump into the fire with her. He agrees but quickly finds that working in such controversial territory is dangerous in more ways than one. And when a young couple goes missing, they have a chance to investigate a case that is anything but cold. Racing towards a twist-filled ending, Love Like Blood is another feat of masterful plotting from one of Britain's top crime novelists.

    • Fiction

The Soho Press Book of 80s Short Fiction


Author: Dale Peck
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 1616955465
Category: Fiction
Page: 592
View: 1365
Dale Peck's anthology blends canonical stories from writers like Denis Johnson, Jamaica Kincaid, Mary Gaitskill and Raymond Carver with remarkable and often transgressive work from heroes of the underground such as Dennis Cooper, Eileen Myles, Lynne Tillman and Gary Indiana. Peck digs further still, unearthing searing and brilliant work from several writers whose stories are out of print and only available in this volume, including Sam D'Allesandro, who died at age 31 at the height of the AIDS epidemic.

    • Biography & Autobiography

North Face of Soho

Unreliable Memoirs
Author: Clive James
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 0330474375
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: N.A
View: 659
‘In the closing pages of the last volume, I got married. The ceremony marked a rare outbreak of normality in my life. It was symbolized by my personal appearance. I was clean-shaven and had a hairstyle in reasonably close touch with my head.’ After Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England and May Week Was In June comes the next instalment in the ongoing saga that is Clive James’s life. Taking us from Fleet Street to Clive James on TV, from Russian department stores to Paris fashion shows — via fatherhood, some killer bees, and a satire starring Anne Robinson as Mrs Thatcher — North Face of Soho is the larger-than-life story of a life lived to the full.

    • Fiction

Inspector Imanishi Investigates


Author: Seicho Matsumoto
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 1569479267
Category: Fiction
Page: 313
View: 1454
In the wee hours of a 1960s Tokyo morning, a dead body is found under the rails of a train, and the victim's face is so badly damaged that police have a hard time figuring out the victim’s identity. Only two clues surface: an old man, overheard talking in a distinctive accent to a young man, and the word “kameda.” Inspector Imanishi leaves his beloved bonsai and his haiku and goes off to investigate—and runs up against a blank wall. Months pass in fruitless questioning, in following up leads, until the case is closed, unsolved. But Imanishi is dissatisfied, and a series of coincidences lead him back to the case. Why did a young woman scatter pieces of white paper out of the window of a train? Why did a bar girl leave for home right after Imanishi spoke to her? Why did an actor, on the verge of telling Imanishi something important, drop dead of a heart attack? What can a group of nouveau young artists possibly have to do with the murder of a quiet and “saintly” provincial old ex-policemen? Inspector Imanishi investigates.

    • Fiction

Soho Black


Author: Christopher Fowler
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473540224
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 1032
Welcome to Soho, London's creative square mile, a bedlam of business and backstabbing, where dreams are manufactured and office workers get off their faces. A place where being a celebrity means treating every day as your last. Movie executive, Richard Tyler, is strung out, stressed up and sinking fast. He owes money to film-freak thugs, thanks to debts stacked up by his card-charging girlfriend, who has been shagging his belligerent boss, who has just fired him. Could things get any worse? During one particularly hypertense evening Richard drops dead in the middle of a fashionable Soho bar. What happens next mortifies his friends and horrifies his enemies, as Richard's lifestyle of power-lunches and parties changes overnight into a fast-track trip into career hell...

    • Fiction

Dead Lions


Author: Mick Herron
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 1616952261
Category: Fiction
Page: 348
View: 5830
The CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning British espionage novel about disgraced MI5 agents who inadvertently uncover a deadly Cold War-era legacy of sleeper cells and mythic super spies. The disgruntled agents of Slough House, the MI5 branch where washed-up spies are sent to finish their failed careers on desk duty, are called into action to protect a visiting Russian oligarch whom MI5 hopes to recruit to British intelligence. While two agents are dispatched on that babysitting job, though, an old Cold War-era spy named Dickie Bow is found dead, ostensibly of a heart attack, on a bus outside of Oxford, far from his usual haunts. But the head of Slough House, the irascible Jackson Lamb, is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade's circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets that seem to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, who is either a Soviet bogeyman or the most dangerous man in the world. How many more people will have to die to keep those secrets buried?