Colony of Whores - Die Hollywood!
When a failed screenwriter inherits a screenplay that may hold the key to both a sensational Hollywood murder and to his own sister's death, he is drawn into the dangerous twilight world that lurks at the edge of the movie business. Aided by a disgraced former journalist and a maverick female filmmaker bent on destroying the traditional Hollywood hierarchy, he begins a journey of revenge and personal salvation that will pit him against the owners of one of the most powerful and corrupt film companies in Los Angeles.
Praise for Matthew Stokoe
for High Life
“One of the most unstinting, imaginative, brutal and original contemporary novels ever written about the punishments that come with the prioritization of fame...” — Dennis Cooper
"All of the classic ingredients of Californian noir are here, but Stokoe takes things further than most... This is a compelling and gripping novel." —Black Star Reviews
“Chandler on heroin, Hammett on crack, James M. Cain with a blowtorch...” —Ken Bruen author of Priest
"If you enjoy the sensation of your jaw dropping to the floor in a combination of stupefaction, hilarity, and shock, Cows is your book. Matthew Stokoe has written a novel like no other I've ever read--appalling, funny, and possessed of a sense of outre violence that makes Joris-Karl Huysmans read like Louisa May Alcott." —Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest
"The word is out that Cows is every bit as dark and deranged as Iain Banks' classic The Wasp Factory. It's not: it's even more so. Possibly the most visceral novel ever written." —Kerrang!
for Empty Mile
“… heartbreakingly powerful contemporary noir… Stokoe stays true to a bleak vision of the world as he enmeshes his characters in the kinds of tragic setups reminiscent of a Thomas Hardy novel.” —Publishers Weekly
“The tension builds unbearably in this magnificent ‘Sierras Noir’ novel. Stokoe writes damaged people worthy of James M. Cain and Jim Thompson. His star-crossed lovers and broken families will steal your heart, even as Stokoe drives the knife home.” —Denise Hamilton, author of the Eve Diamond Series
“This book has everything a good crime novel should: a suspenseful story with violence at its core, characters driven by lust, love and guilt, propelled with prose that's poetic and profound.” —Carole E. Barrowman, Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel