Books by Paul Johnston

THE BLACK LIFE by Paul Johnston
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Just as high a body count as Alex's last two cases, though the Holocaust back story sharpens this one to a knife point."
Scots/Greek private eye Alex Mavros' sixth case sets him on the trail of an old man who's recently been spotted in Thessaloniki even though he died in Auschwitz. Read full book review >
THE GREEN LADY by Paul Johnston
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

""Ancient artifacts and modern underage girls," sniffs Alex's old friend Yiorgos Pandazopoulous, aka the Fat Man. If that combination sets your heart racing, Alex is your man."
Greek-Scot missing persons specialist Alex Mavros, whose fourth case (The Silver Stain, 2012) raced from one felony to the next with reckless abandon, goes even further in his fifth, reaching all the way back to the rituals of Demeter to root his latest discoveries in Greece's sordid almost-present. Read full book review >
THE SILVER STAIN by Paul Johnston
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2012

"More earnest action/adventure than mystery despite criminal misadventures in which absolutely everyone ends up implicated, and a stirring demonstration of how "Crete really did get to people, even within hours of their arrival." "
Johnston, best known stateside for his violent tales of futuristic Edinburgh (Water of Death, 2001, etc.), hauls Athens investigator Alex Mavros out of mothballs and packs him off to a fraught movie project in a Cretan village where a lot more than film is being shot. Read full book review >
THE DEATH LIST by Paul Johnston
THRILLERS
Released: July 1, 2007

"The morbidly inventive death scenes are likely to test readers' stomachs, the arbitrary violence-at-will their patience."
A blocked mystery writer whose recent career seems to echo that of his creator (Water of Death, 2001, etc.) gets energized in the worst possible way: by a battle of wits with a vengeful, verse-quoting killer. Read full book review >
WATER OF DEATH by Paul Johnston
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2001

All's still for the best in that best of all possible worlds, day-after-tomorrow Edinburgh. Read full book review >

THE BONE YARD by Paul Johnston
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Despite his relentlessly strained similes and the overgalvanized plot he recounts, Quint never goes over the top: he was born over the top."
Talk about the return of the repressed. Read full book review >
BODY POLITIC by Paul Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 2, 1999

Edinburgh, 2020. Read full book review >