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Paul Johnston is one of the UK's most highly regarded and exciting crime writers. He rocketed onto the scene with his debut novel, Body Politic, which won the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger for best first novel in 1997. Set in a futuristic Edinburgh run by a supposedly benevolent totalitarian regime, it introduced the maverick investigator Quintilian Dalrymple. A further four novels (forming a quintet, by design, oh yes) consolidated Quint's position in contemporary crime fiction's Premier League of engaging and unusual heroes. Body Politic has recently been optioned for film/ TV, and Paul is working on a new edition to celebrate the book's tenth anniversary. Quint's adventures have been published across the globe, from the USA, to Greece, to Japan, to Denmark, and points between.
Paul was born in Edinburgh in 1957. He lived there before going to Oxford to study ancient and modern Greek. He has a longstanding relationship with Greece - its language, its history and its culture - and spends much of his time there. He has a Greek wife, Roula; their daughter Maggie was born in 2006. Paul also has a nineteen-year-old daughter, Silje, from his previous marriage. His knowledge of Greece and its people led to a trilogy of novels featuring another cult detective, the half-Greek, half-Scottish Alex Mavros - they are A Deeper Shade of Blue, The Last Red Death (winner of the Sherlock Award for Best Detective Novel, 2004) and The Golden Silence. They were all critically acclaimed. The Golden Silence is currently being developed as a film in Greece.
Maxim Jakubowski's view on Paul Johnston...
His early Quintin Dalrymple thrillers were set in a near future Edinburgh, but his Alex Mavros trilogy, of which THE GOLDEN SILENCE is the 3rd, occurs in the Greek islands and Athens where the driven half Scots half Greek amateur investigator is drawn into local cases often linked to his own past. Colourful and frantic, a plunge into the dark side of paradise.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Scottish author Johnston returns to a previous series featuring pig-headed, blues-loving ex-cop Quint Dalrymple who treads the pavements of Edinburgh in a near future independent city-states Scotland. Brought into play by the discovery of a human heart on a football pitch followed by headless body in a canal, Quint is tasked to investigate the links of the crimes to a forthcoming referendum about the city actually rejoining Scotland. Flanked by sidekick Davie he is confronted by the possibility of dark plots engineered by the Council of the City Guardians or the doings of the notorious local gangs.Topical to say the least and gently ironic in the purest of noir traditions, a welcome return for a subversive anti-hero in a cleverly-plotted puzzler with a unique setting that makes the series stand out from the rest of the mystery field. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Prolific Scottish crime writer Paul Johnston lives in Greece and his long-established and now resurrected Alex Mavros series features a half-Greek and half-Scots private sleuth who specialises in missing person cases and presently appears in his fifth outing. His dual heritage mark him as man with a conflicting sense of identity and something of an outsider wherever he treads, which makes for an engaging sleuth with a strong social conscience. Echoing the rise of fascism and Greek's economic woes and rampant corruption, The Black Life sees Mavros seeking out the fate of a Thessaloniki Jew who was deported to the concentration camps during WW2 and how it connects with present. Hardboiled to a tee and intense, this is a contemporary thriller with a conscience.
If you're looking for a crime novel that makes you think then this is it, it's full of twists and counter twists with plenty of gore as well whilst remaining unputdownable. Crime writer Matt Wells hasn't had much time for a career of late - he's been too busy fighting for his life. And now he can't trust anyone, not even himself. His thoughts are not his own - his subconscious has been infiltrated and a single word can trigger hidden orders buried deep within Matt's memory, turning him into a killing machine. As far as he's concerned the man who took his normal life away must pay. Matt Wells series:1. The Death List2. The Soul Collector3. Maps of Hell4. The Nameless Dead
Another compelling read from the author of The Death List and The Soul Collector. Crime writer Matt Wells is back and in trouble once again, not knowing how or why he has ended up being accused of three gruesome murders. Paul Johnston really does get better and better and this creepy, gory, twisted tale is one to really keep you gripped. Matt Wells series:1. The Death List2. The Soul Collector3. Maps of Hell4. The Nameless Dead
His early Quintin Dalrymple thrillers were set in a near future Edinburgh, but his Alex Mavros trilogy, of which THE GOLDEN SILENCE is the 3rd, occurs in the Greek islands and Athens where the driven half Scots half Greek amateur investigator is drawn into local cases often linked to his own past. Colourful and frantic, a plunge into the dark side of paradise. Alex Mavros series:1. Crying Blue Murder2. The Last Red Death3. The Golden Silence
Paul Johnston certainly likes to throw red herrings in to the mix in his intricate crime novels and this one has plenty to keep you guessing. The characters from The Death List are back when the sister of the killer who previously targeted Matt Wells, and his family, returns to avenge her brother. Although you may get a little lost in the middle, with so many characters to keep track of, Johnson brings things back to a nail biting ending and a chilling conclusion. Matt Wells series:1. The Death List2. The Soul Collector3. Maps of Hell4. The Nameless Dead
July 2007 Book of the Month. Incredibly gripping and guaranteed to keep you guessing. If you are going to buy a crime book this month buy this! Paul Johnston explores vengeance and retribution from every angle through Matt Wells – an historical crime novelist whose career is on the skids.Like most of us, Matt has a well populated life. There’s an ex-wife, his mum, a young daughter, his girlfriend, his publisher, an ex-agent and his mates from his former rugby team – the South London Bisons – and they’re all are in need of full-time protection from a Grade A lunatic. Matt’s e-mail in-box is also getting full up and the messages are coming straight from the Devil. Matt Wells series:1. The Death List2. The Soul Collector3. Maps of Hell4. The Nameless Dead
Edinburgh, 2025 - sweat city. Global warming has led to strict water rationing. The ruling Council of City Guardians has been forced to become more user-friendly - so citizens now live for the weekly lottery draw. Then people start dying after drinking poisoned whisky, and subversive, blues-haunted investigator Quintilian Dalrymple is thrown into a nightmare case which threatens the Council's very existence. For Quint, distinguishing friend from foe soon becomes a question of life or death. And the body count, like the temperature, keeps on rising...
The Contradictions of Modern Moral Philosophy is a highly original and radical critique of contemporary moral theory. Paul Johnston demonstrates that much recent moral philosophy is confused about the fundamental issue of whether there are correct moral judgements. He shows that the standard modern approaches to ethics cannot justify - or even make much sense of - traditional moral beliefs. Applied rigorously, these approaches suggest that we should reject ethics as a set of outdated and misguided claims. Rather than facing up to this conclusion, most recent moral philosophy consists of attempts to find some ways of preserving moral beliefs. This places a contradiction at the heart of moral philosophy. As a resilt it is often impossible to tell whether a contemporary philosopher ultimately rejects or endorses the idea of objective right and wrong. On the basis of a Wittgenstein approach Paul Johnston puts forward an alternative account of ethics that avoids this contradiction and recognises that the central issues of ethics cannot be resolved by conceptual analysis. He then uses this account to highlight the contradictions of important contemporary moral theorists such as Bernard Williams, Alasdair MacIntyre, Thomas Nagel and Charles Taylor.
The idea of the Inner is central to our concept of a person and yet is far from being philosophically understood. This book offers a comprehensive account of Wittgenstein's work on the subject and presents a forceful challenge to contemporary views. Written in a non-technical and accessible style, it throws new light both on Wittgenstein's work and on the problem of the Inner self.