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A Black Country native, Jay Stringer was raised on pulp fiction, comic books, morgue humor, music, and films. He found inspiration for Old Gold in his UK homeland and the postindustrial region where he grew up. Currently living in Glasgow, he has been published in The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime, volumes 8 and 9, and considers his works to be pieces of “social pulp.” Alongside writing, Stringer has been a zookeeper, a bookseller, a video editor, and a call center lackey. Old Gold is his first novel.
The prose style is as grim and no-nonsense as the setting.
I like the even pace of the story, the depth of characterization of the main characters, the smooth flow of plot and the elegant handling of prose.
The main character has to overcome many personal problems to get to a conclusion which was not entirely satisfying.
Great book. Can't wait to read more about Eoin. The book was paced well and created a really interesting world.Published 1 month ago by Blakw
More hardboiled than I expected. Not really my cup of tea, but I appreciate the writing.Published 2 months ago by Patrice
Everybody wants a knight in shining armor. Well, the main character here is self described as one in a suit of armor that is old, rusted, and more the color of rusted gold than... Read morePublished 6 months ago by firefly52
A real grabber, with tons of screwy characters and wonderful plotting. Not your usual UK crime reading, but some super police connections. Loved it.Published 7 months ago by Jane V Stephens
Good main character. A lot to work with. A few soft spots, but basically Stringer has it together with this series. Look forward to next novel.Published 7 months ago by RONALD J. POLLINA
I did not like any part of the book. I managed to struggle through the whole thing, thinking it would improve at some point. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anon
somewhat average story, some deep flaws in the plot and story line, but just interesting enough to suspect that it might get better as it goes along.Published 8 months ago by Debra L. O'Rourke
As a first novel, this is a slow slog. The author's second work is a better work with a better portrait of our hero. The "mystery" unsatisfying.Published 8 months ago by John Bowes
Decent quick read. Poor plot. Some okay characters. Everything was a bit stereotypical hard boiled. The ending was pretty bad/ generic. But some interesting bits a long the wayPublished 9 months ago by James Allen