Nominated: Debut Novel & Last Laugh Awards at CrimeFest 2022

Shaking Hands With The Devil

'WE ARE ON THIS CASE LIKE A BONER FIDO BLOODHOUND ... AND MY MEN ARE BARKING AT THE LEASH'

‘AN OLD TIN CAN’ IS THE FIRST IN A NEW SERIES OF BLACK COMEDY CRIME NOVELS SET IN BELFAST DURING THE TROUBLES

IDENTITY, MURDER AND…BISCUITS

WELCOME TO HARRY BURNARD & THE SQUAD! 

 FIRST REVIEWS ARE IN…

‘A WONDERFULLY WITTY NOVEL…RAZOR SHARP AND COMPLETELY COMPELLING’ – BOBS & BOOKS
‘A RICH VEIN OF HUMOUR’- BBC RADIO ULSTER
‘CRIME WRITING GOLD! LOVED, CRINGED AND LAUGHED AT THE VIVIDLY PORTRAYED CHARACTERS’ – LADY C, AMAZON
‘A GREAT START TO A MEMORABLE SERIES…A MUST READ..EXCELLENT BLACK COMEDY, RICH CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT’ – BOOK REVUE
‘THE PACE NEVER SAGS…IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A HOLIDAY READ THAT WILL KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED FROM PAGE TO PAGE (AND AS THE BODIES MOUNT UP), THEN LOOK NO FURTHER’ – MIKE BULLEN

 BOOK LAUNCHES 

AT CRIMEFEST  24 

 INTERVIEW WITH BRISTOL 24/7 :https://www.bristol247.com/culture/books/bristol-novelist-bryan-j-mason-launches-first-book-in-a-black-comedy-crime-series/ 

CWA MAGAZINE ‘RED HERRINGS’ 

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AN INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD GADZ ON ‘BOOKMARKS’ (8’25” – 16’54”).

 https://richardgadz.co.uk/blog/   

https://richardgadz.co.uk/2024/05/13/bookmarks-9-crimefest-special/

AN OLD TIN CAN

YOU ONLY KNOW WHO YOU ARE AT THE SHARP END

Belfast 1989. The Troubles.

Harry Burnard joins a police force facing threats on every side. His team, ‘The Squad’, a bunch of abandoned oddballs, are only allowed to work criminal cases. But there is no crime. Only terrorism. So, do they really have nothing to do?

When Harry uncovers clues about an apparently random series of sectarian stabbings, he gets caught up in an increasingly complex political landscape. And sets out to find a killer unlike any other.

In this explosive witty novel, where not everyone is who they seem to be, it can be dangerous to know who you are.

Are you a Billy, a Dan, or an Old Tin Can?

In a land where identity is the difference between life and death…it gets bloody complicated. 

AN INTERVIEW WITH BBC BRISTOL  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/favourites/p0hxy6fp 

SHAKING HANDS WITH THE DEVIL IS NOW AVAILABLE ON .

 
 30 years since completing the first draft of this hilarious black comedy, was published in 2021.  
Clifton Gentle is an ordinary man without very much to distinguish him. Not much, that is, apart from being a serial killer leaving bits of young men scattered over North London. 
Dave Hicks is the flawed detective determined to catch him, but his attempts to capture the man he calls ‘the nutter’ through a combination of hunches, sheer optimism and personal abuse do not go well. All that turns up are yet more body parts. 
In a London dogged by growing sleaze and an IRA bombing campaign, the gruesome murders spur a crazily over-the-top media and merchandising frenzy. 
An increasingly personal feud ends up in a race against time as murderer, detective, a would-be victim, and a deranged copycat killer each try to find out what – or who – they blame for their predicament. 

REVIEWS

‘The author expertly combines comedy with tiptoeing into the sinister underbelly of society…a great read- M Wiltshire, Amazon
‘A cracking good read, funny, clever and a great ending…I look forward to reading Mr Mason’s next book!’ – Mandy M, Amazon
‘A wonderful romp’ – A Ursell, Amazon
‘Full of black humour…pacey and well written with marvellous wit’ – Deb’s Book Reviews
‘Ooh, I liked this. Unusual, for all the right reasons…some truly laugh out loud moments’ – Bobs and Books
‘A satirical tale from a master wit at his quirky, provocative best’ – Crime Fiction Critic
‘If you love crime with a funny, albeit dark, side, give this book a go’ – Beyond the Books
‘I read some odd books at times, and this is right up there…a really cracking read’ – Donna Morfett
‘Had me sniggering a lot and laughing out loud’ – Lynda Checkley
‘Raskalnikov meets Ignatius J Reilly’ – Skybatwig, Amazon
‘High drama with great characterization and wonderful language. I couldn’t put this book down’ – Carolyn, Amazon
‘A ton of wit and intriguing writing that really kept me engaged’ – Jessica Belmont, Goodreads
‘Mason is definitely an author to appreciate…he gives a lot of respect to his craft’ – Natalie ‘Curling up with a coffee and a Kindle’
‘A must for those who like their satire as black as night’ – David Prestidge, Goodreads
‘I was so taken aback at how this author created something so immensely disturbing that was also completely comical’ – Nicola Hancock, Amazon
‘What a fun read…right up my street’ – Deb’s reviews.
"A twisted and twisting tale…Few authors can pull off darkly comic detective fiction like Carl Hiaasen, But Bryan J Mason is one…A great read"
Mike Bullen
Writer and Creator of Cold Feet
Biography

bryan j mason

Like many writers, Bryan J Mason didn’t have an easy path to publication. 
He wrote his first novel in London in the late 1980s, but after it was rejected by publishers, he reluctantly concluded that he was a failed author and gave up on the dream.  However, whenever he read the manuscript he always regretted that it couldn’t be enjoyed by others.
Determined to finally get it read, he redrafted it and…Shaking Hands With The Devil was finally published 30 years later in 2021. 
In the intervening years he has worked as a brush salesman and rent collector, made sound effects for BBC Radio and been a tax inspector and occasional actor. He writes regular theatre reviews for StageTalk Magazine and Bristol 24/7.  See:  https://stagetalkmagazine.com/p/author/masonbryan01gmail-com
He has now been signed with the magical SpellBound Books and the first in a new series of black comedy crime novels set in Belfast during the Troubles is published on May 30 2024.  Next year will see ‘Dead On’, followed by ‘Never a Happy Ending’.  
He lives in Bristol with his wife and has two children in their twenties.

Bryan J Mason is a member of the Crime Writers Association. 


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