According to the estimable CRIME TIME magazine, “Russell James is a crime writer (and historian of the genre) who absolutely refuses to be categorised; he is as adept at a kind of unsparing British hard-boiled writing as he is at black comedy.”
This was the start to their positive review for ‘The Newly Discovered Diary of Doctor Kristal’, a dark comedy set in the early Sixties about a doctor (35 years old and still a virgin) whose obsessions lead him to start murdering his patients.
Read all about it on the DOCTOR KRISTAL page – here
- and as there are now several writers called Russell James (how dare they?) you might like to know that the relevant Author’s Page on Amazon is at Russell James
Let me give one last reminder of
My Book of the Month:
PAINTING IN THE DARK
“His masterpiece to date”
– The Guardian
Easily my most controversial yet most successful book (both in terms of sales and critical response), PAINTING IN THE DARK remains the book I recommend to anyone wanting to try me for the first time. That’s why I’m focussing on it today.
The action runs from the 1930s, on through the war, and on again to Blair’s triumphant election victory in the late 1990s, when a bright-eyed party leader swept his opponents aside before taking his country into an unwanted war.
There are two main threads to the book – a modern crime story and the recollections of an 85-year-old woman with dark secrets in her past. She is Sidonie Keene, born into minor aristocracy, a well-known figure in the art set who will meet dark luminaries such as Mosley, Hitler and Hermann Goering. By the 1990s she has become almost a recluse, hiding from her distant past, but she is about to be targeted by the art fence Gottfleisch and his perverted henchman Ticky.
You can read more here: about Painting in the Dark
The Kindle version is here: Painting in the Dark
And the new paperback edition is h e r e
Meanwhile, don’t forget my more recent, very different novel:
EXIT 39, an iPhone novel
What’s so unusual about it – and why did I launch it exclusively in eBook format?
It’s my breakaway book. Not a crime novel (I’ve written a dozen), nor a historical (I’ve written four), nor non-fiction (four again) but an up-to-the-minute tragicomedy . . . romantic comedy . . . modern-day satire? You tell me. But here’s the twist: the entire story is narrated into an iPhone! That’s the only way the narrator can find the time.
Pity he can’t find time to live.
To find out more, CLICK HERE Enjoy Exit 39!
Most people seem to read me on their Kindle, but you can get my books in all electronic formats including Kindle from Smashwords by clicking here
Have you downloaded from Smashwords before?
It’s very simple, but if you’d like a helping hand, click HERE.
Why do I write what I do?
Because I like it. I may have some twenty books to my name and I may be well regarded by the critics but I don’t want publishers constantly pressing me to meet a deadline, preferably with a book just like the last, only even better. I write what I want to write, and hope that makes the books all the more worth reading. My new publisher, Prospero lets me do just that.
How does my writing process work ?
I have a routine. I break it constantly, but it works. It must do, for me to have produced so many titles up to now. Writers on teach-ins talk about their routine – but don’t believe them. We have too many distractions – not just the internet and choosing which pencils we prefer, but time lost doing those teach-ins, attending conferences, doing rewrites, doing publicity, doing accounts, attending get-togethers and appearances . . . What it comes down to is that it isn’t the routine that matters, it’s wanting to write, wanting it so much that nothing stops you and you’ll write wherever you are and on whatever device comes to hand. Much to the annoyance of your spouse.
Let’s not forget my previous books.
Many think of me first and foremost as a crime writer but out of my dozen and a half novels barely a dozen are crime while the others include historical novels and four illustrated biographical encyclopedias.
Last year I published a historical novel, The Exhibitionists (set in the period 1834-1851 and about the art world, the Great Exhibition and a search for lost parents) and Rafael’s Gold, a 21st century thriller with a historical strand (the Spanish Armada).
To see more on these or any of my books, click on the relevant page – or jump to my publisher’s page: Prospero.
One last reminder of how to get my books:
Most of my books can be found on the Prospero website.
For ebooks suitable for Sony, Kindle and most readers, find a synopsis of the whole collection by clicking My ebooks at Smashwords or find them on the website of your ebook supplier.
Kindle downloads can be had direct from Amazon: Russell James page
And for KOBO, look here:
(On some of these sites you’ll find some upstart authors there as well, each pretending to the Russell James throne. Do not be led astray.)