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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.

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

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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.

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UNTETHERED: 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.’

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TRANSFERENCE: Second in the Black Viking P.I. Series

Transference’ by John Bowie

‘BRUTAL, DARK AND LYRICAL MANC NOIR’

BIO – John Bowie

John writes articles, poetry, reviews, short stories and novels. His fiction 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.

John’s writing has appeared online and in print for the likes of Bristol Noir, Storgy Magazine, Litro Magazine, Punk Noir Magazine, Necro Magazine and Deadman’s Tome.

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.

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.

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.


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

‘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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