Meeting James A. Newman.

Meeting James A. Newman.

Meeting James A. Newman.

I first met Joe Dylan in a funky looking blue and white book called ‘Bangkok Express.’ I was looking after a friends condo here in Bangkok and saw it on the shelf amongst John Burdett’s ‘Bangkok Haunts’ and something spooky-looking by Stephen King. I picked it up, sat on the bed and read the first chapter. It blew me away. The style was something I hadn’t seen before. It grabbed me. I borrowed the book, took it home and put it on my ‘to read,’ pile. I was in the middle of Warren Olson’s ‘The Red Room,’ another gripping read.

A few weeks later I was on a writing forum of Facebook when I happened to mention that I write books.

“What kind of books do you write,” somebody random asked. He hadn’t spoken yet in the chat or at least I hadn’t seen a comment from him. I went on to explain in a private chat and later I discovered I was talking to a James A. Newman. I recognized the name and realized he was the author of the book I had recently discovered, ‘Bangkok Express.’ We chatted, he invited me down to the ‘Bangkok Noir’ at the Check in 99 for a book reading. Everybody was there: Dean Barret, John Burdett, Christopher G. Moore…… I turned up, handshake, smile, book bought and signed by Newman himself. ‘The White Flamingo.’

Took it back, read the first chapter and am still talking about that first chapter today. I read it in record speed and then my life was empty. It was like just finishing GTA 5 and having nothing else to do.

This is was my review of TWF.

‘Thrilling characters, mind-blowing chapters, Noir style description, face-paced action, artistic killings that make you want to read them in a strange, yet intriguing way, just to see how ‘The killer’ will kill next and a story I’m still thinking about a month after finishing.’

I met Jim again. I had a few questions, queries, something’s I wanted him to explain and he did. He told me about his company, Spanking Pulp Press’ and his next release ‘The Black Rose.’

James Newman reviews Lost Innocence

Lost innocence is addictive reading. Like a bottle of good Chilean Red once she is corked she must be consumed. At once. From the neck. In my case, over an eight hour period I read the complete novel. A thrilling eight hours of addictive page turning I came to understand that Palmer is a master story-teller. Not on a sentence level but over the whole book.

What we have is a prison thriller with characters fully fleshed out and realized. Palmer who was trained as a method actor, gets inside his character’s skin. He lives their lives and tells their stories. The novel is dialogue heavy, the plot a beautiful train-wreak of disaster after disaster that one cannot help but watch, digest and keep turning those pages.

Lost Innocence is a page-turner. Brilliant stuff from a rare talent.

We await the next book with baited breath. 5 stars

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