BRISTOL NOIR

Classic crime noir and dark fiction, made in Bristol.

‘With an inner life complex enough to sustain future books. Noir fans will find a lot to like.’ – Publisher Weekly

‘…its 186 pages are packed full of deceit, human depravity and surprisingly dark humour.’ – STORGY

‘John Bowie’s ’90s set Untethered is a violent and inense read. Lyrical, moody, funny and as gritty as hell, Untethered is like a British blend of Jim Thompson and Nelson Algren.’ – Paul D. Brazill, author of Guns Of Brixton

‘It’s a loopy surreal fever dream of a novel, a dark, disorienting Moebius strip of people and places that are not always what they seem.’ – The Thrilling Detective

‘As a girl’s disappearance takes him through the pubs, clubs and the seedier side of the city, John discovers that the secret to the case might lie with him – his past and his very identity.’ – Crime Fiction Lover

‘This book is amazing. A modern noir classic with gritty characters and a very realistic plot. The author puts you right in the front seat of a bus speeding through the 90s Bristol club and pub scene. It’s really vivid, you will experience every pint and punch as if you were really there on the dance floor when it’s way past ‘respectable 0 clock’. The book is a complete story in itself but I can’t wait for a follow up. The main character is destined to be a literary hero somewhere between Philip Marlowe and Patrick Bateman.’ – Amazon Reviewer

‘John Bowie’s ’90s set Untethered is a violent and intense read. Lyrical, moody, funny and as gritty as hell.’ – Good Reads Reviewer

Out Now:

UNTETHERED: 1st in the Black Viking P.I. Series

‘CLASSIC CRIME NOIR FULL OF DIRTY REALISM’

John’s bored in his witness protection program in Bristol. A disturbed ex-SAS soldier, he searches for meaning at the bottom of many a glass and madness sets in. Then the cryptic messages arrive.

One note comes with a knock on his door and a chance to find a missing girl; to start over again… as a private investigator.

Meanwhile, his therapist encourages him to put his demons on paper; to write it all out. As John battles with his past, could this writing lead him to find the girl, his future and maybe even love?

‘Untethered’ is a semi-autobiographical crime noir, exploring themes of identity, isolation and the damaging effects of drink, depression and PTSD.

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TRANSFERENCE: 2nd in the Black Viking P.I. Series

‘BRUTAL, DARK AND LYRICAL MANC NOIR’

As clubbers in the Hacienda club in Manchester partied hard in the 90s, a girl collapsed and fell from the stage after a bad pill.

Few noticed.

Those that did, didn’t care – lost in a hedonistic haze.

John Black, an ex-S.A.S. serviceman, who was working security that night, carried her out in his arms.

Now on witness protection for exposing the city’s underworld after the girl’s death, he goes back to the city that disowned him – to confront the orchestrator of his pains…and reclaim his identity.

REVIEWS

First in the Black Viking P.I. Series

Untethered is a semi-autobiographical crime noir, exploring themes of identity, isolation and the damaging effects of drink, depression and PTSD.’

GRIPPING AND THOUGHTFUL FROM THE FIRST PAGE.”

5.0 out of 5 stars /  on 11 December 2017

90s CRIME NOIR WITH A KILLER SOUNDTRACK

Untethered deals with heavy drinking, depression, PTSD, isolation and struggling writers in search of identity, meaning and purpose to go on, having already crawled stoic through life’s darkness.

‘Untethered’ is largely an auto-biographical piece on identity and alternate paths walked, after facing up to moral junctions in life. It also considers the decisions made based on right and wrong felt at the time and the outcomes of this.

It’s crime noir full of dirty realism.

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John’s bored in his witness protection program in Bristol. He’s both an ex SAS soldier and former doorman of the infamous Manchester club, the Hacienda. As he searches for meaning at the bottom of many a glass, madness sets in and cryptic messages start to arrive.

One note comes with a knock on his door and a chance to find a missing girl; to start over again… as a Private Investigator.

His therapist encourages him to put his demons on paper; to write it all out. As John battles with his past, could this writing lead him to find the girl, his future and maybe even love?

Reviews and Press

Read Storgy magazine’s review of Untethered here.

Read the review on the Crime Fiction Lover website here.

Take a look at this review of Untethered from Publisher’s Weekly here.

Read John’s short story, ‘Milburn’s Last Class’ which is a finalist in Storgy magazine’s Flash Fiction competition.

Here’s Paul D Brazill’s review of Untethered.

Read this review on The Thrilling Detective of John’s book.

Read John’s latest interview with Paul D. Brazill here.

Find out more about Untethered here on Goodreads.

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‘Set in 1998 in Bristol, England, Bowie’s dark, hard-edged crime novel inaugurates a promising series.’ – Publishers Weekly

‘Noir fans will find a lot to like.’ – BookLife

‘I would definitely recommend this crime novel and John Bowie as an author, and look forward to reading his next book.’ – Amanda Brightman, STORGY.COM

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BUY A LIMITED NUMBER SIGNED COPY OF UNTETHERED FROM OUR SHOP PAGE.

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…I know it’s really my last chance to turn back. I’m at a crossroads with one foot in the devil’s footprint…JB, UNTETHEЯED
And like a fool, here I am again, lapping at the beast’s teats like a true fool, laying my head in the lion’s mouth as I hit it on the arse with a big stick.JB, UNTETHEЯED
Whether you’re a pawn, king or queen it doesn’t matter a shit, unless you’re the hand that moves it all on the board.JB, UNTETHEЯED

ABOUT

BRISTOL NOIR publishes crime noir and dark fiction full of dirty realism.

CONTACT:

enquiries@bristolnoir.co.uk

SUBMISSIONS:

If you’d like us to consider artwork, a short story, flash fiction, review (of a book, film, theatre or band) or an article for our blog page, please send a query in the first instance to:

john@bristolnoir.co.uk 

As well as the Black Viking series and other stories, we are also working on a volume of poems, flash fiction and short stories: ‘Bristol Noir: One’

If your work is your own and you like the Idles, Jim Thompson, Charles Bukowski  and David Lynch – we’d love to see  your work for consideration.

We don’t have a release date. When it’s done, it’s done.

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JOHN BOWIE BIO

John writes articles, reviews, short stories and novels. His fiction is a mix of dark crime noir and dirty realism. His writing has appeared online and in print for the likes of Bristol Noir, Storgy Magazine, Litro Magazine and Deadman’s Tome.  His story Milburn’s Last Class was shortlisted for the 2018 Storgy Flash Fiction Prize.

He grew up on the coast in rural Northumberland, a region steeped with a history of battles, Vikings, wars and struggles. These tales and myths fascinated him as a child, and then as an adult. In the mid to late nineties he studied in Salford enjoying the bands, music, clubs and general urban industrial-ness of Greater Manchester, including the club scene and the infamous Hacienda. He was also there when the IRA bomb went off in 1996.

John’s writing is a semi-autobiographical mix of dirty realism, crime fiction and noir. Ghostly references to a heritage that includes the Vikings, Scotland, Ireland and the North, flavour the words throughout, often with a dark but humoured edge.

Although inspired partly by 50s pulp hard-boiled detective fiction and the beat generation authors and poets, John aims to celebrate his female characters from his real life through his writing, whilst retaining the hard drinking, cynical honesty and accessible writing style of these genres.

‘Untethered’, the first book in the Black Viking P.I. series, is out now with Bristol Noir. 

Read Publishers Weekly’s review of Untethered – click here

Read an interview with Paul D. Brazill – click here

John lives in Bristol with his wife and daughter, where he has been since the late nineties. He is a professional designer, artist and writer as well as a proud husband, father, brother and son.

‘John Bowie’s ’90s set Untethered is a violent and intense read. Lyrical, moody, funny and as gritty as hell, Untethered is like a British blend of Jim Thompson and Nelson Algren.’ – Paul D. Brazill, author of Guns of Brixton

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