Sam Millar

Sam Millar is a playwright and novelist born in Belfast, Ireland. He is the critically acclaimed author of the bestselling and award-winning memoir, On The Brinks, rights for which have been acquired by Warner Brothers.

Mr. Millar is the recipient of numerous literary awards including the prestigious Aisling Award for Art and Culture, The Martin Healy Short Story Award, The Brian Moore Award for Short Stories, and The Cork Literary Review Writer’s Award.

He has also written a stage play: Brothers In Arms

His crime books include: Dark Souls, The Redemption Factory (winner of the Grand Prix De Littérature Policière), The Darkness of Bones, and the Karl Kane series: Bloodstorm and The Dark Place.

Mr. Millar is also the former owner of a chain of comic book stores, K.A.C. Comics, in New York City.

Book Reviews by Sam Millar

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The Rich and the Dead is a fine-tuned, fast-paced thriller by a new name in the game. . . . Totally absorbing.”

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“A cerebral noir thriller debut.”

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“The Station Sergeant is a gem. . . . a breath of fresh air in a world of bloated crime thrillers.”

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“Emotive. Sad. Beautiful. Funny. Echo Year is terrific.”

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“. . . an intelligent and impressively fast-paced thriller . . .”

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“Jon Land is in fine form in this riveting installment of the Caitlan Strong series.”

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“. . . a terrific addition to a compelling series.”

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“. . . [a] flawlessly executed debut novel . . .”

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“If You Were Here is a tense, psychological thriller full of Hitchcockian intrigue, twists, and suspense.”

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“Compelling and deceptively written, it’s the perfect summer read.”

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“Noir collections don’t get much better than this.”

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“Graham Masterton is a natural storyteller with a unique gift for turning the mundane into the terrifyingly real. . . . compulsive reading.”

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“David Freed is a master of mordant one liners for which Raymond Chandler’s leading man, Philip Marlowe, would have given his eye teeth.”

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“. . . a lean and mean, modern-day noir western filled with complex characters and situations . . . a candidate for best crime book of 2013.”

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“If you’ve ever wanted to write a terrific crime novel, Criminal Enterprise could well be the blueprint.”

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“If you haven’t read any of the Matt Royal series yet, you’re in for a treat.”

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“Deftly plotted and timely . . . Master thriller writing at its finest.”

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“There is always something comforting and rather special about a McCall Smith book . . .”

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“. . . rediscover why Dashiell Hammett was the peerless master of crime fiction in all its dark and bloody glory.”

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“Totally addictive entertainment.”

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“A powerful, hypnotic debut novel filled with the horror of conflict, treachery, and intrigue . . .”

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“. . . a harrowing, complex tale of triumph over evil. . . . compelling to the very last page.”

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“Dead Dogs is a modern day gothic story powered by scenes of horror and comedy, masterfully created . . . Extraordinary.”

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“Dark and compelling, The Devil’s Madonna is Sharon Potts’ best work to date.”

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“Dark. Comic. Bleak. Menacing—it’s all between these pages.”

St. Petersburg Noir is the latest anthology of international crime stories from Akashic Books.

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“. . . filled with wonderfully zany characters Agatha Christie would have killed for.”

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“Dennis Lehane is a natural and captivating storyteller . . . a modern day classic.”

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“. . . the most poignant portrait of Robicheaux in this exceptional series.”

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“. . . a perfectly rendered murder mystery . . . executed with faultless page-turner pacing and panache.”

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“Mr. Haas may not yet be a household name this side of the Atlantic, but all that is about to change . . .”

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“. . . masterfully complex plot laced with gripping suspense . . . [a] captivating and intelligent crime thriller that will keep you guessing . . .”

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“. . . sit up and notice. A supremely intelligent novel, masterfully created with a telling hand and unique voice . . .”

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“a captivating voice . . . acute observations . . . bullet-speed pace . . . masterfully created . . .”

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“. . . totally addictive . . . Powerful and not to be missed, Strong Vengeance is the best Caitlin Strong book yet.”

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“A delightful book for summer reading.”

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“An authoritative and compelling voice, Mr. Siger is a master storyteller and Target: Tinos is a mesmerizing novel . . .”

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“. . . a tour de force début novel that is both creepily disturbing and beautifully rendered.”

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“An authentic yet unique voice, Tony Black shows why he is leading the pack in British crime fiction today.

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“At once taut and masterfully detailed, Bitter Water is a grim, inexorable swig of noir shot through with a riveting tale to excite even the most jaded reader of crime fiction.”

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“Edgy and stylistically taut from beginning to end, Promise delivers a compelling and richly developed story.

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“This book could easily be labeled crime noir, but it is more of a coming of age story peopled with original and fascinating blood-and-bones characters.

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”Bleed for Me is not only an unnerving, fast-paced psychological thriller, but also an extremely intelligent read by a writer in his prime.”

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“Highly entertaining and perfect reading for winter nights, Blotto, Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess will keep you sweetly engrossed from start to finish.”

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“Powerfully told, and atmospherically driven, this is one of the most bona fide and intelligent Arthurian sagas to grace a book in a very long time.”

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“If you’re looking for a crime thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat right to the very last page, look no further.

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“Morgue Drawer Four, a finalist for Germany’s 2010 Friedrich Glauser Prize for best crime novel, is a real find for aficionados of black humor and the macabre.

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“Crime noir doesn’t get more powerful than this.”

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“Delightfully entertaining with a killing sense of humor, Practical Jean: A Novel is worthy contender for Book of The Year. You’ll love it to death.”

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“that is exactly what Daniel Woodrell is: a storyteller, first and foremost.

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“Wyatt is a fast-paced thriller with more action than a Bruce Willis’ movie, and a bigger knockout punch than Rocky.

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“A Discworld book is not simply a publication, it’s a universally celebrated event. And my goodness, what an event we are invited to in Snuff.

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“Taut, atmospherically gritty and cleverly constructed, Truth Dare Kill is a fascinating depiction of a post-war London, capturing accurately the ambiance of that terrible and mora

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“What Mr. Waid has done is put a classic spin on a noirish, malevolent scenario for our almost infallible superheroes, making it delightfully wicked on an epic proportion.

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“As addictive as blood to a vampire, the Eerie and Creepy reprints are fast becoming the must-have compilation for any serious collector of the classic genre in both horro

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“Mr. Geary is the sort of historian we all wanted to have in school or college: a teacher who makes history interesting and compelling. Thankfully now, we have him in graphic novel form.

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“An accomplished, complex, and absolutely compelling psychological crime novel, The End of the Wasp Season is expertly paced with just the right amount of grisliness to make it dis

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“Electrifying and compelling from start to finish, The Vault is an absorbing and skilful exploration of evil told with the distinctive and par excellence voice of author Rendell at

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“Uncut and uncensored, the artwork on display in this volume is an eye-fest rendering of nostalgia and beauty with industrial levels of malevolence in crisp black-and-white, including full-

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Daniel McEvoy has a problem.

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The Harrow School is a 400-year-old boarding school for boys in London, home to privileged adolescents known as much for their distinctive dress and traditions as for their arrogance and schoolboy

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David Blake is no gangster—or so he likes to tell himself.

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In western Baghdad, a suicide bomber blows up a fortified house, killing everyone inside. In Norfolk, England, a runaway Libyan banker is assassinated.

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Charlie Hardie, an ex-cop still reeling from the revenge killing of his former partner’s entire family, fears one thing above all else: that he’ll suffer the same fate.

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Gina Falcone is the last “bone cleaner.” Her job is to prepare the bones of the dead for the second burial, an ancient practice traced back to the glorious days of the Egyptians.

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Citizens’ stories of state abuse, from secret wiretapping to unjust imprisonment and worse, make headlines daily. In the hands of novelist Gordon W.

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A young woman, Annette Botha, arriving home one night, gets out of her car to unlock a malfunctioning automatic gate outside her home.

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In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a cadre of freewheeling, Southern pot smugglers lived at the crossroads of “Miami Vice” and a Jimmy Buffett song.

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On a winter day in 2008, Håkan von Enke, a retired high-ranking naval officer, vanishes during his daily walk in a forest near Stockholm.

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While Scandinavian writers seem to have taken over the crime genre these past few years, one crime writer has surpassed them, and he’s not Scandinavian.

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Ever wonder what crime writers other crime writers read when not murdering and leaving corpses all over the place themselves?

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It’s a brave or foolhardy writer who kills the main character in the very first page of their book, believing the reader will continue with the rest of the story rather than simply give up.

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Harlan Coben has over 47 millions books in print worldwide. His last three consecutive novels, Caught, Long Lost, and Hold Tight all debuted at #1.

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An Empty Death from Laura Wilson is the second novel in the Scotland Yard Det. Insp.

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Jefferson Bass is the pseudonym for writing team Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson.

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Every now and then you come across a writer and wonder—while reading his or her latest tome—how on earth you haven’t read their books before.

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Plenty of great Scottish crime writers have entertained us for years with their special blend of deadly Celtic noir. Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Allan Guthrie, Stuart MacBride—to name but a few.

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Robert Crais is the author of the bestselling Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels, and is the recipient of numerous awards.

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Crime fiction has been dominated for the last couple of years, it would seem, by a host of excellent Scandinavian writers from Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø and the American in-exile, Ja

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Loren D.

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Erin Kelly’s impressive debut novel, The Poison Tree, tells the tale of seemingly prim and straight-A language student Karen Clarke who has just finished her final year at university in Lo

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International bestselling author Colleen McCullough needs little introduction to most readers.

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff is the fourth installment in Don Bruns’ addictive Stuff series, featuring protagonists James Lessor and Skip Moore (think Jim Rockford and Columbo on acid, thou

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In years gone by, many a teenager/adult has had the pants scared clean off him/her by publisher Jim Warren’s magazine-sized horror comics, Creepy and Eerie.

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Noir in blazing sunlight? Reach for a cold glass of water and read on. . . .

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Dublin’s private investigator, Ed Loy, is back and in top form in Declan Hughes’ new crime mystery, City of Lost Girls.

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Isn’t it always nice when you find someone willing to offer a sympathetic and open ear to your daily tribulations, especially on the train or bus going home at night after a hard day’s work?

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When a book boasts the monumental declaration, The Best American Noir of the Century, it damn well better stand up to scrutiny—all prodigious 752 pages of it.

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Road Closed is the second crime novel by Leigh Russell, featuring Detective Inspector Geraldine Steel.

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In Dublin, a well-known newspaper editor called Cartwright is found dead, suicide suspected.

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The title of this riveting book comes from Robert Johnson’s blues song, “Hellhound on My Trail,” which is about being pursued by fate, by the law, and ultimately, death.

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". . . one of those great adventure/mystery stories we all yearn for . . ."

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Georgeann Packard’s extraordinary debut novel, Fall Asleep Forgetting, is filled with such an array of original and motley crew of characters, we become almost spoiled for choice as we tur

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Jeffrey Archer is the international best-selling author of numerous novels, Kane and Abel perhaps being the best known of his prolific works.