Is there life after death?
Ex-cop, Mordent, is an irascible, anachronistic PI with a noir sensibility and a bubblewrap fetish. Hired to investigate a missing persons case he believes the job to be an easy pay-check, but when the kid turns up dead and appears to have aged beyond death, Mordent finds the mystery is only just beginning. When a second body is found similarly aged, Mordent is pulled into rival gang leaders’ quests for immortality, a race where the objective is not to finish. And it becomes personal when Marina, a psychic, disappears after tipping off the police about the second body. Mordent had unfinished business with her.
The Immortalists is the first in a series of exciting crime novels putting a neo-noir twist on the genre conventions of bums and dames, corruption and perversion, and cops and informers; all played out on rain-soaked streets amid a shadow-filled city.
‘An excellent writer and stylist, reminding me of Raymond Chandler, Malcolm Pryce and Jasper Fforde. Suitably creepy and sometimes laugh out loud funny.’ – Emlyn Rees, author of That Summer He Died
‘Andrew Hook’s fiction is always recognisable, but never predictable. He has that rare, lovely ability: to mess with your expectations while entertaining you at the same time.’ – Mat Coward, Dagger and Edgar shortlisted crime writer
326pp. B-format paperback original novel.
Published 22 March 2014
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew Hook is an established author within the UK independent press, with over 100 separate short story sales and several books in print. He has been a British Fantasy Award finalist, an award-winning editor, and a radio presenter. He co-edits the irrealist Fur-Lined Ghettos magazine and is commissioning editor for an anthology of punk stories from DogHorn Publishing. He has written in a variety of genres, and his output has included slipstream, comic satires and an existential zombie novella. The Immortalists and Church of Wire, both featuring his PI character Mordent, are his first crime novels.