This is a disturbing book - it's also a very good one.(Julia Jones, author of the Strong Winds Trilogy.) A taut and gripping read. A dark, intense ride that keeps you guessing right until the exciting conclusion.(P. S. Gifford, author of The Curious Accounts of the Imaginary Friend.) The Darkness will grab you by the jugular and keep you reading ... an audacious and haunting novel that deserves public attention.(Norman Goldman) ... a wonderful, thrilling, dark, compassionate book. The ending is unexpected, and brave, but felt completely right..(Gillian Philip, author of The Rebel Angels series.)
When you read The Darkness be prepared to be manipulated and have your moral compass reset by this master storyteller. This book is clever, tightly constructed, immensely satisfying. Get yourself a copy of The Darkness and ask yourself this; what would you do?
(Michael J. Malone, author of the D. I. McBain books.)
A truly gripping novel with two unforgettable story lines depicting a darkness which scarily we all might be capable of in certain circumstances.
(Rosemary Gemmell, author of Dangerous Deceit and The Highland Lass.)
No matter how you feel about the genre this isn't typical. So far above it took my breath away. A must read for its characterization, plots, and humanity. Brilliant.
(Jane V. Stevens.)
The Darkness might confound some readers who expect mystery novels to follow a conventional pattern, but those who enjoy intelligent psychological suspense are in for a treat..
(Mary Maddox, author of the The Daemon World Books.)
... hits the very tricky balance between dispassionate honesty about and sympathy for basically good people squashed by cruel circumstances.
(Kate Kasserman, author of Independence.)
... not only a good read but a lesson in human nature.
(Jean Henry Mead, author of the Logan and Cafferty series.)
With this entry in the Jack Carston series, Bill Kirton nails his claim to greatness.
(Reb MacRath, author of the Fast and Furies series)
... compelling, deep and at times very funny. A dark read, but highly recommended.
... compelling, fascinating and chilling..
(Greta van der Rol, author of the Morgan Selwood Books)
About the Author
Bill Kirton was a university lecturer in French before taking early retirement to become a full-time writer. He's won two 2011 Forward National Literature Awards - 'The Sparrow Conundrum' was the overall winner of the Humor category and 'The Darkness' was runner up in the Mystery category. His historical mystery, 'The Figurehead', was long-listed for the 2012 Rubery Book Awards. He's produced material in many different media. His radio plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. His stage plays have been performed in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and the USA and he's been the visiting artist to the Theatre Department of the University of Rhode Island on four separate occasions. There, he directed stage plays, gave classes on creative writing and theatre, performed in revues and translated three plays by Molière for public performance, one of which won a BCLA prize. Material from his Edinburgh Festival revues was broadcast on the BBC, ITV and French television. He's also been a TV presenter and a voice-over artist and his scripts for corporate and educational DVDs and videos have won awards in the UK and USA. He's been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and the universities of Dundee and St Andrews. His published novels are set in the north east of Scotland. 'Material Evidence', 'Rough Justice', the award-winning 'The Darkness', 'Shadow Selves' and 'Unsafe Acts' all feature DCI Jack Carston. 'The Figurehead' is a historical novel set in Aberdeen in 1840. The award-winning 'The Sparrow Conundrum', is a spoof spy/crime novel also set in Scotland. As Jack Lefebre, he's written a satirical fantasy novella about on online role-playing game; the game and the book are both called 'Alternative Dimension'. His short stories have appeared in the Crime Writers' Association annual anthology in 1999, 2005 and 2006. Another was chosen as one of the 'Best British Crime Stories, Vol. 7', a 2010 anthology edited by Maxim Jacubowski. His non-fiction output includes 'Just Write', co-written with Kathleen McMillan, 'Brilliant Study Skills', 'Brilliant Essay', 'Brilliant Dissertation', 'Brilliant Workplace Skills' and 'Brilliant Academic Writing'.