Saturday, December 15, 2012

Author Mark Barry Spotlighted!

Ultra Violence:

Forty. Receding pate. Failing marriage. Delinquent, uncaring son. Psycho boss parachuted in to cut the big earners. A few lost marbles? It wasn't always like this. He used to be a face. A player. A terrace celebrity. Now hes just another faceless nobody on the brink of despair in a world he no longer recognizes  One freezing winter?s day, a chance meeting with a face from the old days at Notts County changes everything. Especially when there?s an intriguing proposition on the table. One he may find difficult to refuse. Ultra Violence is the thrilling, humorous  nihilistic and sometimes moving story, told partially in flashback, of one mans journey from idealistic young fan to major football hooligan set against the shadow of a grim and soulless middle age in the bustling English city of Nottingham.

Hollywood Shakedown:

Buddy Chinn, the son of a lauded beat poet from the seventies, is happy to follow the dishonorable family tradition of booze, bets, books and broads. Then, at Hollywood Park one winter Saturday afternoon, two tough guys persuade him to join them on a trip to Damascus, a sprawling mansion off Mulholland Drive, a palace surrounded by a forest of imported trees and lush vegetation. There, he meets Mortimer Saxon, a, reclusive obsessive manuscript collector with an edge. A sharp suited zealot searching for Buddy's father's fabled Lost Manuscript; a one off, a unique piece worth thousands and thousands of dollars, an American literary icon of the same cult magnitude as Hunter Thompson's "Call to the Post." He asks Buddy whether he can help. Buddy hasn't a clue. Not a scooby. Trouble is, Mortimer doesn't believe him. Over the finest steak dinner Buddy has ever eaten, the collector makes him a proposition. Find the manuscript and make one hundred thousand dollars. Fail to find the manuscript and lose body parts on instruments restored from Inquisition times. Worse, he's given two weeks and no choice. Along with a British comic dealer acquaintance in The Hangman, the two men go on a quest for the manuscript which takes them to the biggest library in the world in Venice Beach, a riotous chess tournament in Chicago, a pulsating FA Cup match in London and back again to the City of Angels. All the time he's worried about his independent minded squeeze Monique, who, like a very independent minded cat, only ever comes home when she wants feeding. Hoping against hope that the manuscript exists. Avoiding snipers, hitmen, hooligans, the attentions of strange seventies goons and an alluring, hyper-sexy bad girl gangster with an interest in low-life big guy writers. Finding themselves developing respect and admiration in an age of endangered male friendships, the odd couple face a race against time to find the manuscript, a contest which leads to a pulse pounding climax, one in which Buddy has to face his deepest, darkest fears. 

Hollywood Shakedown is an offbeat thriller and quest novel, written in a Transatlantic beat style. The narrative transpires mostly in dialogue. It contains one of the hottest women you'll ever witness without a camera and three of the nastiest villains you'll see outside State prison. Hollywood Shakedown is one of the sleepers of the year.


An original, innovative psychological thriller and a dark romance. Brilliant physicist and released mental patient Jonathan Dexter is under strict orders not to get involved in relationships. Amongst other diagnoses, psychiatrists say he suffers an extreme form of Borderline Personality Disorder and relationships aren’t good him. Nor for the women he meets. Pronounced safe and sent to live in Wheatley Fields, a prosperous English town, he meets Carla, a young wildlife conservation student working behind the bar of an old tavern. The two develop a relationship against the odds. Things might be looking up. Maybe he is cured this time. Maybe Carla is the healing influence he’s been looking for. But then, as they do in relationships, things start to go wrong. And suddenly Carla finds herself in extreme danger.

The Ritual

A mother and daughter travel from Ohio to a leafy English town to aid a harassed family member persecuted by angry locals. 

Only one of them is happy about it and the other…well, when she’s not happy, there’s Hell to pay.

At the airport, the duo are spotted by a cleric of an ancient Church, who is convinced one of them is the prophesied reincarnation of the seventeenth century witch who founded their organisation. 
Stalked, harassed, monitored, the subject of demonic attack and bizarre phenomena, one of them is finally chosen and taken. In the shadow of evil, the other faces a fight to the death to stop a terrifying Ritual from destroying her loved one, and the sleepy town of Wheatley Fields itself.

DOS is a 650-page homage to three connected things: The house brick horror blockbusters of the seventies, those Herbert Van Thal paperbacks, and those unforgettable Hammerotica films. Ultimate poolside reading this summer. Don’t read after dark!

The Illustrated Woman

Emily, a brilliant cello prodigy, enjoys the perfect suburban childhood and is destined for big things. Attractive, polite, friendly, multi-talented and intelligent, with devoted parents, Emily’s life is a picture postcard sent back from a chaotic and disintegrating social world. 

Then, at 15, at the whim of her worldly NBFF, she agrees to a tattoo. A simple rose on an emerald green stem. Simultaneously her first step toward identity...and a first tentative step into the abyss.

Three years later, Emily is a teenage single parent, disowned by her father and living on benefits in an inner city flat. Her life a pallid tapestry of helpless maternity, fake rum, smuggled fags, crime, Pound Goblins, Topshops, hip-hop, cold precincts, greasy spoons, prescription pills, bad food and a bewildering turnover of boyfriends. Heartbroken by yet another, and in fatalistic mood, she decides to chronicle her fall from grace by covering herself in an elaborate web of tattoos. 

Enter Alan. 

An awkward looking, depressed, but sincere older man who is happy to take on her daughter. He’s a savior  a way back to her past and she’s tempted, but entwined in her life is Tyrone, a feckless, alluring, charismatic young rapper: Someone she can’t quite get out of her head.
As her bodywork reaches a conclusion, with one story left to emblazon, Emily is forced to choose: Alan? Or Tyrone? 

Who will be symbolized by the very last tattoo? 

TIW is a love story and a wry satire of modern life. The vivid and frequent sexual descriptions mean that this book is suitable for adults only.

Kid Atomic

Two childhood friends, Ricky and Kevin, are dispatched on a mission to London to bring back riot gear for an upcoming Citywide protest, part of the widespread national youth disenchantment with the Bankers, the Financiers, the Rich, the Normans, the Capitalists, the Tories and the rest of the “Haves” in an increasingly unequal Great Britain.

Actually,forget the politics. They think the job is going to be a right nobble. 
A road trip. 
There’s thrash metal on the van CD player, money for as much food and drink as they can handle, and there’s a hot older babe waiting to meet them at the rendezvous. The job couldn't be going better.

Everything is squeaky clean and hunky dory until they are told to take back an extra trunk. 
A trunk the color of fire emblazoned with a Phoenix. A trunk no one planned for and which seems to have turned up from out of the blue. A trunk soon to be hidden in Kevin’s Mum’s garage.

Streetwise Ricky becomes seriously ill. Soon Kevin, a Gameboy playing, introverted geek, finds himself the center of attention for the local Police, a sinister Scottish Special Branch officer they call "The Devil", Mum’s nosy boyfriend, and the amoral leader of his own protest group - one Lance Brando, a thirty year old Machiavellian perpetual student with designs on Kevin’s girlfriend, Rachel. 

A man who’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants. 

If this isn't enough, one day, when things are seriously getting on top, something happens inside the trunk…and Kevin’s life will never be the same again!

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