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BOOK REVIEW – The Straw Men: 10th Anniversary Special Edition by Michael Marshall

By Marty Mulrooney

The Straw Men 10th Anniversary Special Edition

The Straw Men is a crime thriller by British writer Michael Marshall (Killer Move, We Are Here, also known as Michael Marshall Smith), first published in 2002. This Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive 10th Anniversary Special Edition includes a long introduction by the author, scans of the author’s writing notebooks, a deluxe oversized design, high-quality endpapers, fine bindings and an extremely collectible print run.

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Michael Marshall (Author, We Are Here)

By Marty Mulrooney

We Are Here by Michael Marshall Interview

Alternative Magazine Online recently reviewed the novel We Are Here, describing it as “Yet another engrossing thriller from an author who remains a cut above the rest.” Following on from this review and with AMO’s four year anniversary just around the corner, I am proud to present an exclusive online interview with award-winning writer Michael Marshall!

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BOOK REVIEW – We Are Here by Michael Marshall

By Marty Mulrooney

We Are Here by Michael Marshall

We Are Here is the latest novel from award-winning writer Michael Marshall, the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of The Straw Men. David is an author on the brink of publication. His life is looking up, despite the fact that he is unsure if he has another book in him. Then he bumps into a stranger in New York and his entire perception of the world shifts monumentally. Catherine is an affluent woman with a strong marriage and two children, who has recently been unable to shake the growing suspicion that she is being followed. David and Catherine are total strangers, yet they have one thing in common: they are both being followed by someone from their past. Someone who has been forgotten… but who will never forget.

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Michael Marshall (Author, Killer Move)

By Marty Mulrooney

Killer Move Michael Marshall Interview

Michael Marshall (also known as Michael Marshall Smith) is an award-winning British novelist, screenwriter and short story writer. AMO recently reviewed his latest novel Killer Move, describing it as an “engaging thriller written by a heavyweight of the genre.” Nearly two years have passed since Michael first joined us for an exclusive online interview. Today, we are delighted to welcome him back to AMO once more!

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BOOK REVIEW – Killer Move by Michael Marshall

By Marty Mulrooney

Killer Move Michael Marshall

Killer Move is the latest psychological thriller from Michael Marshall, award-winning author of The Straw Men, The Intruders and Bad Things. Bill Moore has a lucrative job selling condos in the Florida Keys, a huge house and a wife he is madly in love with. Bill is a man with a plan. Then one day, he finds a strange card on his desk. It’s black on both sides, with just one word printed in white: MODIFIED. Suddenly, Bill’s life is turned completely upside down…

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Michael Marshall (Author)

By Marty Mulrooney

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Michael Marshall (also known as Michael Marshall Smith) is a British novelist, screenwriter and short story writer, currently living in London, UK. His groundbreaking first novel, the science fiction thriller Only Forward, won the Philip K. Dick and August Derleth awards, as well as much critical acclaim. He built on this success with two more sci-fi novels that soon followed, Spares and One Of Us, before switching genre and his writing name with the release of The Straw Men (as Michael Marshall.)

This was my first introduction to Michael’s work, and one I shall likely never forget. I was 15 years old, reading a book about child kidnappings, murder and secret societies deep in the heart of America, the summer light fading fast as I lost track of time. No doubt some extremists, who likely think the Harry Potter books promote witchcraft in children, would have balked at this series of events. Still, I was totally enthralled and I have read every book Michael Marshall has published since.

He has a strange power to take real life and twist it totally on its head, whilst still retaining a strong sense of reality. If you have never read Michael’s work, I urge you now, go and grab one of his books. His earlier sci-fi works such as Only Forward, or the later reality-based endeavours such as The Straw Men (my personal favourite) all offer a great place to start. It’s the type of storytelling that grips the reader and won’t let go, and you will not be disappointed. His fans can certainly attest to this already. So now, without further ado, it is an absolute privilege and a pleasure to be able to say that Michael Marshall (Smith) has taken some time out of his busy schedule to talk to us here today at Alternative Magazine Online…

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