"JOE DYLAN'S at it again, this time down the mean streets of both Fun City, Southeast Asia, and the equally rotten lanes of the UK. There's a touch of Dickens in this, joining Newman's more obvious influences: William S. Burroughs, Charles Bukowski and Jim Thompson. It's dark stuff, but exciting to read, and funny at times. A couple of nicely-drawn female characters compliment the hard loving, hard drinking, drug-addled, fight-prone men. A nice mix. Also a nice mix are the shocking surprises mixed within the familiar genre. If you enjoyed the other Joe Dylan books, you'll like this one. If you haven't read the others, you can't go wrong starting with this one." - B. Hauser.
THE BLACK ROSE takes JOE DYLAN on his fourth adventure to London on a missing person case that tangles him up in a nest of crime, drugs and an evil club-footed gypsy with a beautiful wayward daughter determined to find her own path to Fun city. Enter a dark noir world that spans the streets of London and leafy Kent to the decadent Far Eastern city of Fun City. P.I Joe Dylan, an established character, flawed with drug and alcohol addictions negotiates the rescue and return of a boy, once thought dead and left to grow up a feral youth with gypsies. Joe must take him back to the decadent world of his natural father who resides in Fun City. Drugs, death, prostitution, torture, kidnap, ransom, love, humor and warped decadent sex all speed along like a runaway train with Newman's death defying writing technique.
WORDS ABOUT THE JOE DYLAN SERIES:
"NEWMAN JOINS more established writers such as Christopher G. Moore and John Burdett in an exploration of the garish netherworld of private eyes, prostitutes, pimps, gangsters, cops and dirty tricks."
- Chiang Mai City News.