Monday, 13 December, 2021 in Books, Culture

The Girl, The Crow, The Writer And The Fighter

May Morgenstern has started a book she cannot afford to put down.

From the pre and post-war streets of bohemian Paris to the cool azure skies above the Mediterranean, ‘The Girl, The Crow, The Writer and The Fighter’ takes the reader on a visceral, labyrinthine trip with a notorious sexual anarchist, the most dangerous man on the planet and a young woman who finds herself drawn into their complex world of murder, carnality and duplicity.

The book opens in 1965 when provocative author Henry Miller is taken incognito to an infamous title fight. In the turbulent aftermath of the bout, Miller is forced to battle his way through the ensuing melee in order to make a vital connection with the keeper of a tightly guarded secret.

‘Is it safe?’

Twenty years later, a young Maine waitress receives an unusual bequest.

From the estate of an elderly patron, May Morgenstern takes ownership of a bound collection of letters, hitherto unseen correspondence between her late friend and the aforementioned writer in which he not only recounts the story of how he came to be accused of the slaying of the man who fathered her but how his fate came to be linked with that of future heavyweight champion, Sonny Liston. As she delves deeper into the letters, May learns that the truth may be more deadly than fiction.

George Paterson’s epistolary tale of murder and chicanery is a study of chaos in instalments. ‘The Girl, The Crow, The Writer and The Fighter’ is an incendiary, exciting ‘what if?’ page turner which spans continents and lifetimes; a story where desire and intrigue sit, like Chang and Eng, inextricably bound within its own myth.

From Dumas to Devo, Hammett to Huey Lewis, Paterson’s debut novel deftly turns literary convention on its side and fashions an entertaining, yet challenging alternative reality in mystery fiction.

••••• Enjoy reading the preview pages – CHAPTER ONE •••••


“Possibly the finest American novel not to come out of America.”
Alistair Braidwood
Scottish Cultural Commentator & Podcaster (Scots Whay Hae)

“Rarely has a debut novelist, so firmly rooted in his Scottish identity, written a work which is so at ease with the details of raw emotions and breathtaking action in an international setting.”
Stuart Cosgrove
Journalist, Broadcaster and Media Commentator

“Paterson’s writing moves through the chapters like a champion middleweight, dipping and soaring in all the right places, before jabbing you into submission when you least expect it. A scintillating, riveting debut novel from a brilliant new writer.”
David F Ross
There’s Only One Danny Garvey

“A beautiful, brooding epic from the brilliant bastard offspring of Hammett and Pynchon.”
Tom Gillespie
The Strange Book of Jacob Boyce


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