Coffin Dodgers was my debut novel under my old name, Gary Marshall. It’s a fast, funny and fat-free thriller that’s been compared to Christopher Brookmyre, Bateman, Tim Dorsey, Carl Hiaasen and the films Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. In February 2012 it hit the giddy heights of number one in Amazon’s humour chart, number one in technothrillers, and number forty in the Kindle chart. I was quite pleased about that.
Here’s the blurb:
Eighty is the new thirty. Nobody’s having babies, the old massively outnumber the young and the hip crowd has become the hip replacement crowd. Twentysomething barman Matt Johnson would be bored senseless if someone wasn’t trying to kill him.
When Matt isn’t playing silly pranks on his elders with his colleague Dave or laughing at Dave’s dating disasters, he’s trying to summon up the courage to ask best friend Amy out on a date. Then Matt narrowly escapes a car wreck, and he discovers that his accident was no accident. Someone’s murdering young people, and dozens are already dead. Can Matt, Amy and Dave stop the killings? The answer involves guns, gangsters, an angry bear and plenty of irate pensioners.
I’ve been lucky enough to have some people say very nice things about the book. Writing in The Big Issue Scotland, Smokeheads author Doug Johnstone said this:
“Marshall is a journalist turned novelist who has clearly been reading plenty of Chris Brookmyre and Colin Bateman, as his debut fictional outing shares with those authors a no-holds-barred thriller plot with a sense of the ridiculous, lacing nastiness with some delightfully black comedy. With society getting ever older and everyone living longer, young people are in the minority, even more so when someone starts trying to kill them off. Told with a sureness of hand, it’s not exactly high art but Marshall does still manage some astute social commentary amongst the mayhem and gags.”
The fantastic crime writer Ray Banks was nice too, saying that “you really can’t afford to miss out on this”, while Malachi at All Metaphor, TC at Booked Up, Chris at Adarna SF, Bonnie Lamer and some very kind Amazon reviewers have said good things too.
If you’ve got a Kindle e-reader or tablet then Amazon’s your best bet, but you don’t need a dedicated e-reader to get your hands on Coffin Dodgers: Kindle apps are available for PCs, Macs, tablets, iPhones and iPods. If you’re determined to get Coffin Dodgers and refuse point-blank to do anything Kindle-y, drop me an email and I’ll sort you out.