Human nature red in tooth and claw...
£80,000. Seven people want it. Will anyone get it?
"...a terrifically entertaining, raucous and rough ‘n’ tumble Brit Grit crime caper that will leave you breathless." – Paul D. Brazill, author of Last Year’s Man, A Case Of Noir, and Guns Of Brixton.
When a bunch of losers chase a bag of money round Birmingham’s back streets and canals, they soon find out they’re hopeless at hanging onto it. So will crime pay, or will their gravy train come shuddering to a halt?
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Would you go, alone and unarmed, into the home of a murderer?
"...this deliciously clever novella will appeal to those who enjoy the likes of ‘The Wasp Factory’" B. A. Morton, author
"...a gloriously gruesome read, riven with the very blackest of humour..." Ian Ayris, author
This darkly humorous psychological noir novella featuring a serial killer and six victims trapped in a web of violence is available in both paperback and Kindle versions from Caffeine Nights Publishing.
Tess has stories in the following anthologies and magazines. To buy the books, click the thumbnail to take you to the relevant page on Amazon. Most of the books are available in both paperback and Kindle versions, and you can also find most of them on Amazon.com.
Wheel Man: This wasn't car theft, this was a coup... Car thief Justine's forced to take desperate action when her boss stops accepting her cars.
Running Late: Calling time on a bent copper, in every sense of the words.
Singing From the Same Sheet: The difference between good and bad may be smaller than you think... A dark tale with a 'kick in the gut' ending.
Dead Man Walking: because you can't be done for murder if you're dead. The story is also available on Soundcloud. Charity anthology benefiting the Marfan Foundation.
Snow Joke: two burglars caught in a snow-storm... but this is snow joke. Charity anthology in aid of prison reform campaign Nation Inside.
The Train Now Leaving: A marriage made in heaven? Definitely not... Charity anthology benefiting Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.
Tess has also had short stories published in the following online magazines. All these are free to read - click the story title to take you to the relevant page.
Bang to Rights - an ex-soldier regrets agreeing to help a bunch of animal liberationists. But will her revenge take the form you expect? In brand new magazine Punk Noir.
Art Attack - metal thieves; a sculpture made from knives; what could possibly go wrong? Based on a true story. At Near to the Knuckle.
Troubled Waters - poignant tale set in Liverpool during two different (real-life) riots and featuring Simon and Garfunkel, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and a magic flute, in Pulp Metal Magazine.
The Red Umbrella - a dark, tragic tale inspired by Tess's trademark red umbrella, at Spelk Fiction.
Clickbait - Markie's nervous about his new job when he meets some nutter on the bus. But it seems he needn't have worried after all... In Out of the Gutter Online.
Scorpio - the frog and the scorpion, transferred to a pilot and a murderer. At Thrills Kills 'n' Chaos.
Trick of the Trade - a wry tale about a highwayman with a modern twist, at Spelk Fiction.
The Drop - ultra-short story about a pervert and a missing mobile phone, where everything isn't as it seems. At Out of the Gutter Online.
Badge of Honour - dark, vicious tale about a kid growing up on a modern estate, in Pulp Metal Magazine.
Biter Bit - black-as-night tale that blurs the edges between fantasy and reality, in Out of the Gutter Online.
Enjoy the Trip - a slighted crime boss and a banana skin. At Shotgun Honey magazine.
Don't just take Tess's word for it - other people have enjoyed her writing too. Here's what they've been kind enough to say:
"Tess Makovesky writes with an immediacy that pulls you instantly into the story."
Michael J Malone, author of 'Blood Tears' and 'Bad Samaritan'
"Another great new author to the crime scene."
Sheila Quigley, author of the Seahills series and the Holy Island trilogy
"[...one of] a group of writers that live by a formula for creating unexpected twists at the ends of their stories."
Dana Kabel, author
"...splendidly crafted to mislead readers about who the protagonist is and what he does for a living before kicking them in the gut with the truth at the end."
William E Wallace, author, on 'Singing From the Same Sheet'
Tess is a member of International Thriller Writers.