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Spotlight On Indie Author A.J. Sendall
indie author A.J. Sendall
      

Hello, I've often been asked where my ideas come from, how I form a story. It all starts with a picture. With Flank Street, I didn’t set out to write about Micky, or Carol come to that. The rain was falling steadily, running down the small, below-ground-level window, which is the only source of natural light in the boiler-room where I write. For some reason it reminded me of a rain-soaked street in Sydney, Australia; a street I’ve walked many times, both wet and dry. As I held that image in the back of my eyelids, a man appeared. Yellow streetlights reflected from the wet tarmac; he walked in the shadow of the plane trees, pulling his hood up against the unrelenting rain. He stopped, leaned against a tree, and waited. Right at that moment, I knew what I had to do. I didn’t know Micky, but I’ve known guys like him, and so his character was soon defined; a grifter that could never amount to much without living in the shadows. I had fun writing Flank Street, and when it was done, I missed spending my days with Micky and Carol. I missed Carol’s feistiness, her sultry take me to bed eyes that could so quickly turn to cunning. And Micky, for all his faults, was a good guy to hang out with. I’d like to sit and have another drink with him one day… one day.

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Flank Street

Awarded the AIA Seal of Excellence for Outstanding Fiction, and the prestigious B.R.A.G. Medallion, Flank street is an unforgettable novel from “One of the most distinct and exciting new voices in crime writing.” A woman with a lust for money and danger… A man with a hunger for risk and adrenaline… Can they con the Sydney underworld and get away with murder? Or will they both end up dumped in a dark alley? No one can be believed. No one can be trusted. Welcome to King’s Cross… When Micky DeWitt sails into Sydney, Australia, his only assets are a run down yacht, his wits, and the skills he’s picked up as a dedicated career criminal. Shiftless, cynical and dishonest, even with himself, Micky takes a job as a barman in Sydney's seedy red light district of Kings Cross. He’s a chameleon, seeing himself as both master criminal and chilled-out world sailor. He wants a life on Easy Street, is driven by the desire to ‘get away with it,’ and addicted to the adrenaline rush that comes with that life. Carol Todd is turned on by money and risk-taking. For Carol, there’s no such thing as “enough”. Being an escort to a few wealthy clients is just a means to an end. A couple of underworld connections help, too. But what she needs for her latest con is a fall guy—someone she can use and lose once she’s done with him. And Micky DeWitt looks like the perfect man to fall into her sultry, seductive honey trap. Playing to Micky’s twisted sense of chivalry, Carol leads him into a hedonistic free-fall. As Micky’s life spins out of control it doesn’t take long to graduate from burglary to arson, then accessory to murder. And no matter which way he moves, someone’s going to get hurt… or die. "Suspenseful, pithy, unpredictable, and laced with black humour, Flank Street perfectly captures the mood of Sydney’s criminal underworld." What readers are saying: "Bloody bold, and brilliant!" "The dialogue is short, sharp, and terse, with just the right amount of street talk to make Flank Street a compelling read for fans of hard-boiled crime fiction." "This book is a page-turner for anyone who likes noir thrillers/mysteries."

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Meet Me at Harry's

Diminutive tough-talking ex-narco cop Stacia Black has discovered the key to escaping the violence and poverty-ridden streets of Chicago. Nick Miller runs a smoky bar in Sydney’s Kings Cross. He’s content with his life until Stacia appears and starts asking questions. With his loyalties divided between his underworld acquaintances and his desire for something better, he steps off the edge. Together, they enter a world of danger and deceit, put their lives on the line, and risk everything to gain a better future. Can they stay out of jail, stay alive, and stay together? Find out in this tense, fast-paced thriller.

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Cerise Noire

Six months after his partner was murdered, Rick Stone returns to Sydney trying to pull his life back together. While he was away, two more women were murdered, each seemingly unrelated to the others. When a third woman is murdered in the same way, and Rick gets caught up in the investigation, he becomes obsessed with finding a link between the murders. Each night, Joy Stringer steps outside the quiet orderliness of her day job, and hangs out in bars and clubs in Sydney’s Kings Cross to gather material for a book she’s always wanted to write. After one of her main sources of information dies, she fears for her own safety. When Joy and Rick meet in a bar one night, they discover that by pooling information and working together, they can help each other achieve their goal. That decision leads them into more danger than they could ever imagine, and to an outcome that nobody could foresee.

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Shadow House

She’s out to avenge her sister’s death - he’s on a path to self-destruction. Heather Todd’s life had never been easy, but when her sister died as a result of overcut cocaine, everything changed. Now she’s determined to take down Sydney’s notorious organized crime ring, vowing to ensure her sister didn’t die in vain. Ex MI6 operative turned world sailor, Sam Autenburg is on a bender after his partner died, also as a result of overcut cocaine. When one night things go desperately wrong for Sam, Heather comes to his rescue. Taunting and goading him, she eventually convinces him to take on her cause and infiltrate the organized crime syndicate responsible for her sister’s, and his partner’s, deaths. Going after the brutal gang will be no easy feat, and in order to stop them, Sam and Heather must put their own lives on the line. Together in loss and driven by revenge, Sam and Heather hunt for justice, and in doing so, begin their own path to redemption. Can they find the evidence they need without getting caught? Are they strong enough to take on this fight without losing themselves in the process? Find out in this action-packed thriller, filled with daring adventure and high-risk operations!

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Being Tommy Boronovski

When Mike Bray is grabbed off the street on his way home on an ordinary Friday night, his world is turned inside out. Coerced by the head of a South London crime gang to impersonate low-level criminal Tommy Boronovski, Mike quickly learns how to lie and side-step in order to keep his family safe. Somehow he must find a way of protecting his family from threats of violence, and maintain his own ethics and morals as he treads a seemingly impossible path. When the borders between himself and Tommy become blurred, it leaves him questioning his true identity, and hostage to his own temptations. Find out what happens in this gripping story of survival and self-discovery.

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