04 Aug

Jay’s Books

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Ways To Die In Glasgow is a dark crime comedy. 


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Ways To Die In Glasgow combines dark comedy with brutal crime drama, and takes us on a journey from the real and gritty streets of Glasgow to a mythic crime fiction world, and back again. What would The Rockford Files be like in the real world, with real consequences?

Mackie is a local legend, but not in a good way. A convicted killer with a very short fuse. He is, in Glaswegians terms, a bit of a Bam. He likes to keep life simple; drugs, alcohol, sex and sleep. Things become complicated when two hit men try and take him out, and they don’t have the decency to wait until he’s finished having sex. He then finds out that his uncle, notorious gangster Rab Anderson, has also gone missing. And the bit that really ticks him off, is that someone has killed Rab’s dog. There’s going to be hell to pay when he finds out who hurt the wee man.

Sam Ireland is a very reluctant Private Investigator. She had her heart set on being an artist, and making a living with her camera, but when her father was taken ill she took over the family business. With a combination of luck and persistence she manages to overcome her lack of experience and keep the firm afloat. Things start to change when she is hired to serve legal papers on Rab Anderson. As Sam searches for him, she starts to find clues that lead to a 30-year-old criminal conspiracy at the very heart of the city. But the deeper Sam goes, the more she realizes that, in the real world, when you get in over your head you are likely to drown.

Andy Hutton is just trying to hold the city together. He’s a cop and, sometimes, he’s good at his job. He also has family ties to the underworld and a personal connection to the disappearance of Rab Anderson. When Sam comes to him for help in finding Rab, he can feel his complicated life starting to unravel. Along the way he’s got to try and bring down a rampaging Mackie and keep Glasgow from exploding.

In a city that has so many ways to die, can anyone get out of the story alive?


Old Gold is the first in the Eoin Miller Trilogy.

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Half-Romani gangland detective Eoin Miller finds people for a living. If you’ve stolen from a mob boss, or held up a dealer, Miller is the man who’ll come and knock on your door. He’ll find you for money, then walk away before the violence starts. He doesn’t do caring, and he barely does living. Miller has done all he can  to lose himself in a downward spiral that has cost him his job, his respect, his wife, and anything else that ever mattered. 

But he’s forced out of this comfort zone when Mary, a woman he barely knows, is killed in his house. Fearing the cops will only see a gypsy with a dead body, he runs. But the only thing he hates more than himself is a mystery, and he is driven to discover the truth behind Mary’s murder, even if it means putting his own life on the line. Before long, Eoin’s tangled up in a ferocious turf war that has him playing his former allies and employers—crime lords, drug dealers, cops, and politicians—against each other.

Set in the English Midlands, Old Gold is a novel that asks us questions about grief, love and the war on youth. Above all else, Old Gold is asking us how broken something has to be before it can no longer be put back together.



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This is a helluva good book and a helluva debut. I can’t wait for the next one!”  – My Bookish Ways.

If you’re a fan of Lawrence Block or George Pelecanos you need to buy Old Gold right now.” –Crime Fiction Lover

[Old Gold] shines an unflinching light on Britain’s very real social problems without ever patronising or parodying it’s characters.” – Claire E, Five Star Amazon review.

[A] novel with something to say – there are interesting and thoughtful observations on British society as it stands in 2012.” – Aidan Skinner, Five Star Amazon Review


Runaway Town is the second book in the Eoin Miller Trilogy.

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After narrowly surviving a vicious knife attack, gangland detective Eoin Miller thinks he’s earned a break from hunting down thieves, runaways, and stolen drug money. But when crime boss Veronica Gaines tips him off to a particularly sensitive new case, his Romani blood won’t let him say no. A rapist is targeting immigrant girls, and the half-gypsy Eoin knows all too well just how little help an outsider can expect from the local police. Besides, his client isn’t looking for someone to arrest the bastard. He’s looking for someone to stop him—for good. 

But the deeper Eoin digs, the more tangled he becomes in a web of corruption, racism, and revenge…especially once his troubled past threatens to derail the investigation by raising questions about his own loyalty and family ties. With his life teetering on the brink of disaster, Eoin realizes there is a fine line between justice and punishment. Now it’s up to him to decide just which side he’s on.



Here’s the bit where I give you some of the things other people have said;

Old Gold, Jay Stringer’s 2012 debut, was one of the strongest first novels I’ve read in years….(the follow up) Runaway Town is cracking read, lean, pacy and grimly realistic, exactly the kind of crime fiction I love, and as the series progresses and the character dynamics become more complex, it’s only getting better.” – Eva Dolan, author of Long Way Home

“Stringer is developing into one of the most exciting new British novelists out there and his brand of social pulp fiction stirs the brain as well as the heart. A very exciting and very British strain of noir crime fiction has been steadily growing over the last few years and Jay Stringer is one of its finest proponents.” – Something You Said


Lost City is the third book in the Eoin Miller Trilogy. It’s due out in January 2014.

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Even though he’s worked his way to the top of the West Midlands criminal heap as right-hand man to crime boss Veronica Gaines, ex-cop Eoin Miller still has to deal with the dregs of the underworld to earn his pay. That’s why he’s dispatched to a low-end hotel to work damage control after a hooker kills a local lowlife. But when one of his comrades is mysteriously murdered at the scene, and a suspicious fire claims two more victims, a simple clean-up job turns absolutely filthy.

Hustling to hide bodies and seek answers, Eoin calls on friends and foes alike, including his estranged wife: a shady cop who’s a little of both. But the scheme he uncovers gives him a bad feeling in his gut that even his diet of pills and sex can’t soothe. Add an ice-cold hit man, a feeble but still ferocious gang lord, vengeful cops, pornography, prostitution, Gypsy patriarchs, and personal demons, and you’ve got a combustible cocktail of treachery that could blow Eoin Miller’s life sky-high.

In the third book of the gritty Eoin Miller trilogy, nobody walks away unscarred.