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a novel by Martin Cooper
312 pages

Cold Hillside


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About the Book

When it turns out your brother was a bastard, do you still love him? Unfortunately, yes.

Simon Coltraine is a professional songwriter and musician. His brother Giles - market trader, rogue and amiable bully - is a small-time crook. When Giles is killed in what appears to be a car accident Simon returns to their childhood home to confront his memories and his own complicity in his brother's schemes.

Martin Cooper links the sunlit sweep of England's West Country landscapes with the grubby shadows of London's Kentish Town Road. A crime story which also has something to say about family, loyalty and responsibility.

The Devil has all the best tunes.

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Good Book Alert

Sometimes I'll read a book and think, "I wish I could write that well." Cold Hillside is one of those books... Mr. Cooper likes to skip around in time and tense, a juggler tossing up a new ball without fanfare, until you realize he's got eight or ten in the air, and all you can do is applaud.

Amazon customer review

Leisurely passages of obsessively observed detail - froth bubbling up through the pinprick hole in the plastic lid of the coffee cup - visions of London streets, the cold Dorset coast of the title, and glimpses into the fevered world of professional musicians shape the background against which the action is carried forward in sharp, exciting bursts. The balance between stoic detachment and love is nicely held throughout.

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Amazon customer review

Cooper teases us, but he also delights us with consistently fine turns of phrase. Scenes early on at a country auction, a funeral and a rock festival are expertly painted vignettes. The music theme weaves effortlessly through the narrative.

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Booked Up

A successful merger of crime novel with literary style.

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Agrippina Legit

Cold Hillside is the kind of book that demonstrates just why self publishing is beginning to really take off in the current publishing climate. With the bigger publishing houses currently focussing on genres and ideas that are proven best-sellers (the Dan Brown-style thriller, the supernatural teen romance), there is little room for books that deviate from the fashions of the moment. Self publishing allows books like Cold Hillside, which don't fit so easily into genres and sales patterns, to find a readership. And this book deserves a readership.

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Heikki Hietala (author of Tulagi Hotel)

Many books today are such thrillers, but rarely have I come across one as readable as this. Martin Cooper is a master... His prose is immaculate, creative, and very enjoyable to read.

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The Indieview

"I steal people's physical characteristics, and the stories they tell me. One or two have recognized themselves, but mostly they get worked and re-worked until they come out as someone completely different. I think."

Interview with Martin Cooper about the writing of Cold Hillside


Cold Hillside

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