The Black Rose


THE BLACK ROSE is a page turner from the get-go, Newman doesn’t waste any words or the readers time – he gets the ball in play straight away, usually headed toward the goal line, with a few stops for drugs and alcohol. In Newman’s reality the only large object not drinking is the piano. Dylan accepts a missing person case that brings him back to a world he occupied long ago – insurance investigation in London – before the lure of all things exotic turned his head permanently east. You don’t skip any words of James A. Newman because you never know when the gold nuggets will show up as you pan across the page. It could be in his observations between the sexes, the act of sex itself or the descriptions of the pull and power that brings in so many millions to Fun City every year, where the small fish are plentiful and always available for a fry. It’s a story which includes gypsies, tramps and thieves plus your usual assortment of Beach Road tourists and expats, which you’ll easily recognize but hopefully not in your own mirror. Fans of the series will be treated to more than a few returning characters, including The White Flamingo herself and my personal favorite, Hale, whom I am sure I have met at least once in the land of addictions. – Chang Mai City News

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FOURTH IN THE SERIES THE BLACK ROSE SEES JOE DYLAN FLY to London on a missing person case that tangles him up in a nest of crime, drugs and an evil club-footed gypsy with a beautiful wayward daughter determined to find her own path to FUN CITY for the final showdown. Meet HALE, THE WHITE FLAMINGO and a host of new characters in this dangerous rollercoaster ride of a dark crime thriller.

James A. Newman

JAMES A. NEWMAN has published over fifty short stories in various publications all over the world; most recently for Big Pulp Magazine. He has been included in many anthologies. His novel BANGKOK EXPRESS appeared in 2010. The sequel RED NIGHT ZONE was published shortly after. In 2013 THE WHITE FLAMINGO hit the top of the Amazon crime noir charts. He is the co-founder of SPANKING PULP PRESS and juggles editing acquisitions alongside writing his own dark fiction on a portable type-writer.

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Press Reviews

“Newman writes with a flamethrower. He’s terrifically gifted, enormously energetic.”
– Timothy Hamilton.
“Mr. Newman joins more established writers such as Christopher G. Moore and John Burdett in an exploration of the garish netherworld of private eyes, prostitutes, pimps, gangsters, cops and dirty tricks.”
– Chiang Mai City News.

“NEWMAN has an eye for detail”
– Pattaya Mail

“Like Hunter Thompson on acid”
– Amazon review

“Like American Psycho loose in Pattaya!”
– Warren Olson – author of Thai Private Eye


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