Always the Dead by Stephen J. Golds

The Blurb

Los Angeles, California. 1949.
Scott Kelly is a World War Two Marine veteran and mob hitman confined to a Tuberculosis sanatorium suffering from consumption, flashbacks and nightmares from his experiences of The Battle of Okinawa and a botched hit for Bugsy Siegel.
When his movie actress girlfriend disappears, he bribes his way out of the sanatorium to search for her.
What follows is a frantic search, a manic murder spree, stolen contraband, and a briefcase full of cash.
A story that stretches from the war torn beaches of Okinawa, all the way to the playground of the rich and famous, Palm Springs, California.
An exploration into the depths of L.A crime, PTSD and twisted love.
A semi-fictional novel based around the disappearance of Jean Spangler.

The Author

Stephen J. Golds was born in London, U.K, but has lived in Japan for most of his adult life. He enjoys spending time with his daughters, reading books, traveling, boxing and listening to old Soul LPs.

His novel Say Goodbye When I’m Gone was released by Red Dog Press in October 2020 Always the Dead will be released by Close to The Bone Press in January 2021.

The Review

I was asked by the author to read his upcoming novel, and I’m glad he did.

Before I dive in, I’ll say you need a strong stomach to read this tale of severe PTSD, obsessive love and crime. Not normally strong, very strong.

That said I was absorbed into the world of Scott Kelly from the first page. He is a man who will consume you, upset you, and shock you. Everything that happens is a car crash of a human, who gets deeper and deeper into mental illness and violence.

The book is so dark and violent that if you don’t want to read the darkest noir, full of raw emotions and honesty, you will walk away.

If you’re a lover of the deepest, darkest noir and can basically read anything you will start this book and not move until you are finished.

It’s deep, dark, dangerous and delicious to read.

Thank you Stephen J Golds I loved this. You are a unique talent. If you’re not majorly big very soon, due to your new approach to writing, I don’t know why not! Bloody brilliant, triumph of a novel.

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