PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW: Untethered by John Bowie

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

The 27-year-old man calling himself John Barrie, “drunk, bored and alone,” has just started “another nondescript corporate job” as part of a witness protection program, but finds working with “repressed zombies” hard to stomach.

Since he can’t externalize his true feelings without risk, John is unable to benefit from the therapy his minders have arranged, and he gets through his days self-medicating with alcohol. Then John’s brutish neighbor, whom John has dubbed Sean the Bastard, asks for help finding his missing girlfriend, Cherry O’Neill.

Although John’s door just happened to be the first one Sean banged on, John takes advantage of the request to pose as a private investigator and agrees to search for Cherry.

Bowie’s delayed reveal of John’s past proves an effective way of undermining the reader’s feelings about the lead, who becomes surprisingly sympathetic, with an inner life complex enough to sustain future books.

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



Read more about UNTETHERED:


Touring the clubs, pubs, offices and rainy streets of Bristol in the late nineties; over the Bridge into to Wales and back again to find her, himself and a motive…[READ MORE]


John Bowie is a writer for Bristol Noir Publishing and his crime novel does not disappoint, its 186 pages are packed full of deceit, human depravity and surprisingly dark humour…[READ MORE]


”Proud to be featured alongside Dean Koontz, Joy Fielding, Robert Crais and more…”

This self-published novel by Bristol graphic designer turned author John Bowie is set in the 1990s and the main character is also called John. He’s in a witness protection programme and, bored with life, decides to become a private detective. His first case is brought to him by a neighbour – find the femme fatale Cherry…[READ MORE]


11 December 2017

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