No Exit Press

Books published by No Exit Press

The Killing Hills

Army CID agent Mick Hardin has come back to Kentucky on leave and agrees to help the local sheriff, his sister, with her first murder case.

Reviewed on 30 April 2022 by Chris Roberts

The Mercenary

A traitor within the KGB known as GAMBIT offers a wealth of valuable information to the West but insists he will deal only with an agent who takes a terrible risk in returning to Russia.

Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Chris Roberts

Robert B. Parker's Fool's Paradise

Police Chief Jesse Stone grapples with the case of a man who made the journey from Florida to Paradise only to end up dead on the evening of his arrival.

Reviewed on 22 January 2022 by Chris Roberts


In the feverish atmosphere of wartime Berlin, a young man becomes a legend in military intelligence while pursuing his own agenda.

Reviewed on 27 November 2021 by Chris Roberts


The dying rural backwater of Red Bluff, Mississippi, is briefly awoken from its slumber when new arrivals appear in town and locals go missing in the sinister nearby blackwood.

Reviewed on 25 September 2021 by Chris Roberts


Barrister Ben Schroeder returns to defend a woman accused of warehousing drugs, mired in an international conspiracy that extends to the British police.

Reviewed on 24 July 2021 by Chris Roberts

Play the Red Queen

In 1963 Saigon, army investigator Ellsworth Miser is tasked with closing down a female Viet Cong assassin who has already killed three US army officers.

Reviewed on 24 April 2021 by Chris Roberts

Robert B. Parker's Blood Feud

Sunny Randall’s relationship with her ex Richie is on again, so when he gets shot you know she is going to do something about it.

Reviewed on 04 July 2020 by Chris Roberts

Deathly Affair

Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel must discover what links the deaths of vulnerable men to uncover a vicious killer.

Reviewed on 13 June 2020 by John Cleal

No Place of Refuge

Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty travel to a Greek island where a friend working to aid refugees has disappeared.

Reviewed on 22 February 2020 by Chris Roberts

Ungentlemanly Warfare

Lone wolf Captain Harry Walsh is parachuted into occupied France by the SOE to kill a German scientist and delay development of a rocket plane that could change the face of aerial warfare.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by John Cleal

More Rivals of Sherlock Homes

Fifteen of the rivals of the great Sherlock Holmes – police officers, PIs and eccentric criminologists – who all had their day in the sun in the popular magazines around the turn of the century.

Reviewed on 18 January 2020 by John Cleal

Whiskey When We're Dry

Seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Harney, orphaned and alone, is desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbours, so cuts her hair, binds her chest flat and rides to find outlaw older brother Noah and bring him home

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by John Cleal

Call the Next Case

Resident Judge of Bermondsey Crown Court Charlie Walden introduces another selection of cases coming under his purview, together with more of the administrative complexities which complicate his life.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Chris Roberts

Rogue Killer

Only Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel thinks a murder is the work of a more deliberate killer. When two more victims die in similarly indiscriminate attacks, the spectre of a serial killer stalks York.

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by John Cleal

Too Far

One flippant remark triggers a chain of events that sends Jack’s life spinning out of control.

Reviewed on 07 September 2019 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Conviction of Cora Burns

Cora Burns, born in a prison and raised in a workhouse, has always struggled to control a streak of violence. A new life as a servant in the home of a scientist gives her a chance of a future, but she soon suspects that she, like a young girl she has befriended, are subjects of a living experiment.

Reviewed on 27 July 2019 by John Cleal

Among the Ruins

Canadian policeman Esa Khattak is on holiday in Iran when he receives an unofficial request to investigate the murder of a political filmmaker.

Reviewed on 29 June 2019 by Chris Roberts

Fade to Grey

Gethin Grey and his Cardiff-based legal team are instructed by a film star to review the case of a black man convicted of the murder of a white girl in Bristol.

Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Chris Roberts

One Law for the Rest of Us

A revelation of sexual abuse by a child blows open her mother’s repressed memories of the same treatment she suffered – but will the legal system offer her redress?

Reviewed on 30 March 2019 by Chris Roberts

A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself

An aging porn star, a mob widow and her granddaughter meet as strangers, face some problems and find they are stronger together.

Reviewed on 30 March 2019 by Chris Roberts

The Lonely Witness

Former party girl Amy Falconetti now helps the house-bound receive communion while trying to sort out her own attitudes. When she witnesses a street murder, she fails to report it and instead trails the killer.

Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by John Cleal

The Language of Secrets

Detective Esa Khattack and his partner Rachael Getty are on the case of the killing of an undercover colleague who was investigating a suspected Islamic terrorist plot.

Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Chris Roberts

Paris in the Dark

An American journalist is in Paris when a bomb goes off and sets out to find the culprit.

Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Arnold Taylor

Robert B. Parker's The Hangman's Sonnet

Sheriff Jesse Stone investigates a murder that appears linked to re-awakened interest in a 40-year-old recording that mysteriously disappeared.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by Chris Roberts

Gangster Nation

Mob hit-man Sal Cupertine escaped from Chicago in a meat truck after killing three FBI agents, but hiding out in Las Vegas as a Rabbi has its problems.

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Chris Roberts

The Ways of Wolfe

Axel Wolfe’s first attempt at robbery does not go well and he ends up doing a long stretch at a Texas state prison, feeling sore about the partner who left him behind.

Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by Chris Roberts

All the Pieces Matter

Actors, writers, directors and others involved with The Wire contribute to an oral history of the influential TV drama.    

Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by Sharon Wheeler

Robert B. Parker's Little White Lies

Spenser is on the trail of a conman who doesn’t want to be found.

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by Linda Wilson

The Fighter

Jack Boucher, who was abandoned as a child, took up cage fighting as a way to find himself, and after 25 years has reached the end of a very long road.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Chris Roberts

Ten Year Stretch: Celebrating a Decade of Crime Fiction at Crimefest

An anthology of short stories celebrating the tenth anniversary of CrimeFest, Bristol’s crime fiction convention.

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by Linda Wilson


Ray Boy Calabrese is released from prison 16 years after a queer-bashing incident led to the death of a young man. Consumed by guilt and despair, he seeks street justice – a revenge killing from one of the dead boy’s relatives.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by John Cleal

The Good Assassin

George Mueller, a retired CIA agent, is approached by the CIA director to pose as a travel writer in Cuba to find out if their ‘man in Havana’, Toby Graham, is providing Fidel Castro’s rebels with arms.

Reviewed on 14 April 2018 by Arnold Taylor

Desperation Road

Many years after an event which dramatically changed lives, the two people most affected return to the town but find they still have battles to fight.

Reviewed on 31 March 2018 by Chris Roberts

Walden of Bermondsey

Resident judge Charlie Walden relates several tales featuring life in Bermondsey Crown Court, both in the courtroom and behind the scenes.

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by Chris Roberts

Deadly Alibi

An apparently inoffensive woman is murdered and DI Geraldine Steel’s colleagues all believe that they have found the murderer. Then the person giving him a strong alibi is also found murdered. Geraldine’s instincts tell her that they have got the wrong man.

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by Kate Balfour

Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins

A storm exposes a body, and the remains of two more killed years ago. Police Chief Jesse Stone investigates an event nobody in Paradise is keen to talk about.

Reviewed on 25 November 2017 by Chris Roberts

Night Market

Detective Henk van der Pol is enmeshed in a conspiracy that incorporates senior figures in the justice system, but is unsure in which direction to point the finger.

Reviewed on 28 October 2017 by Chris Roberts

Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn

Boston PI Spenser investigates a fire in a disused church that left three firefighters dead. One of their colleagues is convinced the fire was arson.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Linda Wilson

Hunting the Hangman

A few thousand soldiers from the defeated Czech army made their way to Britain. Now their President in exile wants two of them to return to Czechoslovakia to undertake a special mission from which they are unlikely to return.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Unquiet Dead

A man found dead at the foot of Scarborough Bluffs, a Toronto suburb, proves to have a history in Bosnia, where he played a very active role in the slaughter.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Ashes of Berlin

Inspector Gregor Reinhardt, back in Berlin after the war ends, must track down a serial killer, but his investigation is interfered with by the political interests of the occupying powers and a group of ex-Nazis.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by John Cleal

The Heirs of Owain Glyndŵr

A group of Welsh activists are on trial for plotting to plant a bomb in Caernarfon Castle during the investiture of the Prince of Wales in 1969.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Jim Beaman

An Honorable Man

CIA agent George Mueller is given the task of unmasking a communist mole in the organisation.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Jim Beaman


Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Arnold Taylor

Robert B. Parker's Kickback

Blackburn, Massachusetts, has a zero tolerance policy for juvenile crime, as teenager Dillon Yates discovers to his cost when a joke spectacularly backfires.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Linda Wilson

Blind Arrows

English journalist Martin Kant has a chance encounter with a mysterious woman in a Dublin wracked by violence, treachery and spies as the Irish fight for independence gathers momentum.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by John Cleal

Last Days of the Condor

When the silver-haired spy codenamed Condor arrives home to find another agent skewered to his fireplace, he needs to go on the run to find out who has set him up, and why.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by Chris Roberts


When a police raid shuts down a crack house, young lookout East is sent on a trip out of LA for the first time in his life, a voyage of self-discovery.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Empire of Night

American journalist and spy Kit Cobb travels to Germany early in 1915, on the trail of an English knight suspected of working for the German cause.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Pale House

During the German retreat through Yugoslavia in 1944, Captain Gregor Reinhardt comes across a site of mass murder. His enquiries expose a conspiracy involving both the brutal Ustase and senior figures in the military hierarchy.

Reviewed on 12 December 2015 by Chris Roberts

And Is There Honey Still For Tea?

A libel suit between an American university professor and an Englishman accused of being a spy instigates a dangerous series of events for barrister Ben Schroeder.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by Arnold Taylor

Killer Plan

Caroline Robinson’s life is turned upside down when her husband is murdered and one of her sons is kidnapped, but she can’t go to the police for fear of implicating herself.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Star of Istanbul

Reporter and US government spy Kit Cobb has a suspect German under investigation, crossing the Atlantic in 1915 on the Lusitania.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Chris Roberts

Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot

Spenser is hired to find a nine-year-old kidnap victim amidst gang violence in downtown Boston.

Reviewed on 20 June 2015 by Linda Wilson

The Man From Berlin

German intelligence officer Gregor Reinhardt, a former Berlin detective, is assigned to investigate the killing of a German officer and a beautiful young Croat filmmaker against a background of internal rivalries, partizan attacks and growing anti-Nazi feeling.

Reviewed on 18 April 2015 by John Cleal

Hold the Dark

Wolf specialist Russell Core receives an appeal from a mother seeking recovery of her son’s body after a wolf attack.

Reviewed on 04 April 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Rules of Wolfe

At a Mexican gang lord’s isolated retreat Eddie Gato Wolfe is caught with one of his boss’s girls, and the pair take off across the Sonora Desert in fear for their lives.

Reviewed on 29 November 2014 by Chris Roberts

Robert B. Parker's Wonderland

When a developer trying to buy the condo where Henry Cimoli has an apartment resorts to dubious tactics, Henry calls in a favour from Spenser.

Reviewed on 01 November 2014 by Linda Wilson

The Dead

Gang boss David Blake is back on top until the arrest of his accountant for child murder sparks a chain of events which put Blake’s empire – and life – at risk.

Reviewed on 22 February 2014 by John Cleal

Brother Kemal

PI Kemal Kayankaya is employed to find a wayward 16-year-old and to protect an author from attack, but finds the two cases overlap.

Reviewed on 11 January 2014 by Chris Roberts

Stop Dead

DI Geraldine Steel investigates when a businessman is brutally killed and his wife and her young lover are automatically suspects, but then another murder takes place by the same method.

Reviewed on 01 November 2013 by Linda Wilson