Books by John Clarkson

BRONX REQUIEM by John Clarkson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Readers who take their novels strong and dark will savor this one. But if you want sweetness and light, move along. There's nothing to see here."
A fast-moving, bloody visit to the Bronx featuring the return of tough guy James Beck (Among Thieves, 2015). Read full book review >
AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Readers who want a likable protagonist to root for won't find one here. Yet it's a well-told, over-the-top tale long enough to keep a passenger occupied on a coast-to-coast flight."
A bad guy-versus-bad guy thriller in which the best outcome might be for everyone to die. Read full book review >
REED’S PROMISE by John Clarkson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 17, 2001

"Well researched, but this time Clarkson might better have taken a page from James M. Cain's insurance classic, Double Indemnity. Waspish words grip where bullets only thud."
Heavy-hitter Clarkson whacks a two-bagger rather than cleaning the plates as usual. Read full book review >
NEW LOTS by John Clarkson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 1998

Thrillingly complex drug-war novel set in Brooklyn's Brownsville section, with steel-edged dialogue, and intensively researched by Clarkson (And Justice for One, 1992, etc.). Detective Sergeant Lloyd Shaw, a rogue cop, is on restricted duty, without a badge, when he's attacked by three blacks, overpowers them, and—with their gun'shoots up their pulsating rap speakers. For this, he's sent off to his cabin in Massachusetts until his punishment can be decided. Meanwhile, back in Brooklyn, the New Lots housing project has been overrun by drug dealers, and its four stinking, bug- and rat-infested buildings are filled largely with crack addicts. Then Arbor Realty buys the project from the city, hiring a Muslim team of enforcers to clear out the building. War erupts between the Muslims and the dealers—and a helluva shoot—-em-up it is, with drive-by blasting and a smartly executed firebombing. But on a formerly vacant lot across from the project sit several prefab buildings, housing a Community Center run by the police commissioner's daughter, Justine Burton. Justine cares for crack mothers and their kids and sets them up in her prefabs, although it seems the mothers hustle back into the New Lots project for their fixes. Meantime, black drug kingpin Archie Reynolds feels no qualms about killing anyone who stands in the way of his business. He tells the women of the Community Center that he'll cut their throats. Since Justine is not about to give up her center, her father the commissioner leans on the chief of detectives to do something about the drug war and save his daughter from being caught in the crossfire. The chief recalls Shaw and has him form a team to take on the job, with murder no impediment. Hard-driving realism. Read full book review >
AND JUSTICE FOR ONE by John Clarkson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

A very tough private policeman goes to war with the criminals who run Manhattan's illegal after-hours bars—in an exceptionally violent but exceptionally good first thriller. Following their father's funeral, Jack and George Devlin hit the bars of Manhattan. Bachelor Jack—a highly paid, highly skilled security specialist—ends his night in the arms of a beautiful blond. Suburban father George ends his night with a visit to an illegal after-hours joint and a near-fatal beating by the sadistic bouncers who guard the place for its vile owner, Robert Wexler. When Jack at last locates his comatose, hospitalized brother, he finds that the police haven't a clue to the identity of the thugs and little apparent interest in locating them. Returning to the last place he remembers being with George, Jack picks up the slenderest of threads and follows them with great skill along a trail of rough sex, violence, and political corruption—until he at last rattles Wexler's cage and begins to irritate Wexler's secret partner, a highly placed cop. Jack is not alone in his fight. He has the backing of his employer and technical assistance from his very high-tech security firm. He is solaced by two beautiful women, one of whom belongs to the villainous Wexler. But the powers of the enemy seem boundless since they include far too many policemen, the Irish underground, and the general nighttime rot of a city that ought to be at home and in bed. Dark, sexy, tough, and fast. Reminiscent of the best early Lawrence Sanders. Read full book review >