"An electrifying piece of literature." - ***** Whim
"The author takes you on a trip through the underworld and keeps the reader captivated throughout the book and wanting to learn more about the sordid secrets of Ms Doyle." - ***** Iain Bennett
"A highly enjoyable tale with a bit of everything; love, crime, black humour and magic." - ***** -
"A tale of love, hate, fear and deceit that truly captivates your imagination and drags you head first into a world where things are not always as they seem, a plot which has your heart racing as you eagerly turn page after page, unable to put the book down!" - ***** Richard Mortimore
What happens when a desperate fugitive hides out in a department store owned by a psychopath?
A Smaller Hell is a mysterious tale of collisions between the normal and the perverted; the workaday and the surreal; the logical and the absurd; and of course, good and evil. This gritty, darkly-comic novel will keep you guessing as Black negotiates his way through the snowdrifted alleys of a once-splendid shipbuilding town in the North of England, right up until the shocking climax at the Christmas party.
This story was inspired by Kafka, Ballard, cheap cider, Iain Banks, greasy spoon cafes, spit and sawdust boxing clubs, working in a fancy department store at Christmas, true love, consumerism, corporatocracy, hierarchy, cruelty and the stickiest, smokiest, most dangerous pubs known to mankind.