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About TheGrifter

  • Birthday 08/25/1961

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    Author (Canal Noir)
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    Jumping Jack Flash (fictional)
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    It moves all over the country

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  1. CANALWORLD members are cordially invited to Birmingham Waterstones on June 26th for a book event featuring CANAL PUSHERS, the new crime thriller by Andy Griffee which is set on two of the Midlands canals. Further information and ticket booking is available on: https://bit.ly/318fUgw?fbclid=IwAR0ZtFflk8u4RWxjLcOFem2O1mCI7NEpBvawVO_YUhRkzPF_V3zVshDjdXs Early reviews have called it 'enjoyable and gripping' and its chase has been compared to John Buchan's classic 39 Steps - which can't be bad! It sold well at Crick (thanks to Droitwich Marina's Nick and Ali Parkes) and it's an ideal book to be read at 4mph. Available to order in hardback or e-book, or come along to Birmingham Waterstones on June 26th at 6pm. (nb limited promotion of this book has been pre-approved for CanalWorld by the site's owner.)
  2. Overseas holiday paid for by sales? Yes please! Yes the permission was sought and given to draw attention to the book as long as it wasn’t too OTT and had a good editorial justification (ie publication day etc).
  3. Thanks very much Mike. Ok, this will sound smug but I've already written the second one and found it much easier as I plotted it all out in advance rather than making it up as I went along. This made it a much quicker and more pleasurable process (and wife prefers book 2). It'll be published in about 8 months.
  4. CANAL PUSHERS, a new crime thriller by Andy Griffee is published today (May 2nd). Available in hard-back and as an e-book, it's a must-read for anyone who enjoys boating and a good dose of fictional crime. It follows the fortunes of Jack Johnson, a newly divorced and out-of-work journalist who moves onto a boat and meets a mysterious young woman called Nina. They quickly become embroiled in a cat-and-mouse chase with the media, an organised drugs gang and a serial killer across two Midlands canals. The book is inspired by reports of a real life killer stalking the towpaths of Manchester. This is the first in a series of crime books called the Jumping Jack Flash Thrillers which follow Jack and Nina around the country's waterways. Next stop, the River Avon at Bath in a sequel called River Rats. Canal Pushers will also be available to buy from the Droitwich Marina stall at Crick and is featured in the Canal Boating Times which is being distributed at the show. (this post has been sanctioned by the site owner)
  5. It was a pleasure to meet you in the flesh. Thanks for coming such a long way and helping me get the book right.
  6. Canal Pushers, a crime thriller set on the Stratford and the Worcester & Birmingham Canals, is now available to pre-order as hard back or as an e-book. It's the first in the Jumping Jack Flash series which moves around the UK's canals and waterways. Jack Johnson, a newly divorced and penniless ex-journalist decides to live on a boat, meets a mysterious woman and is quickly embroiled in a cat-and-mouse chase with the media, a drug-dealing gang and a serial killer known as the Canal Pusher. Written with the help and advice of three CanalWorld regulars and published by Orphans Publishing. (nb permission has been given by the site owner for this information to be posted)
  7. Hullo. I am available if anyone needs a reasonably experienced crew member for up to a week at a time all year round. I semi-retired, 57-years-old, a married father of two and a former BBC journalist and now a published fiction writer. Trips would preferably be in the Midlands or West Country regions but I am happy to consider anything anywhere. I have hired boats many times but never owned one and I have no experience of tidal rivers and zero skill at engine maintenance. However, I can cook well and rub along with most people and dogs. I would not require payment.
  8. ....and thanks Matty. Your feedback has been invaluable. As a result, Jack and Nina are still together for book 2 and our brief delivery trip has inspired an idea for book 3!
  9. Better than sinking without a trace I guess - thankyou so much Andy
  10. Yes there will.... more details when I know them....(although hardback signed first edition will be worth thousands of ££s in 200 years. If it’s not you can sue me!) ?
  11. If any forum members would like to pre-order a signed hardback first edition of CANAL PUSHERS by Andy Griffee, it is available via www.orphanspublishing.co.uk. Unsigned copies are also available to pre-order before the May 2nd launch date either online from Amazon or Waterstones or by calling into any good bookshop. (nb permission for these links to be publicised on Canal World has been secured from the site owner - subject to it being done in a reasonable fashion and subject to review.)
  12. Apologies - I am a relative newcomer to both the forum and to fiction writing. I shall contact Dhutch as you suggest.
  13. Delighted to reveal the cover of my debut novel CANAL PUSHERS (by Andy Griffee) which is the first of the Jumping Jack Flash series of crime thrillers set on the canals and rivers of the UK. Written with the expert input of a trio of Canal World forum members, CANAL PUSHERS is based on the Midlands canals and will be published this May 2nd. Join newly divorced ex-journalist Jack and Nina, a stranger he meets on the towpath, as they tangle with the media, organised crime and a serial killer nicknamed the Canal Pusher who is stalking the region's waterways. The series continues with Jack onboard his 64ft stern cruiser, Jumping Jack Flash, as he moves on to Bath in book 2 (called River Rats.) Book 3, currently being researched, will be based on the Thames at Oxford.
  14. Does anyone with a boat moored at or near Oxford wish to rent it out as accommodation-only to a writer this winter? I am keen to do this in order to research the third of the Jumping Jack Flash series of crime thrillers which are set across Britain's canal network. The first is published next May 2019 and is called Canal Pushers. I would now like to do some research for the third book which will be set on Oxford's canal and rivers. I will pay a reasonable rent to stay on a comfortable mooring for one to two weeks this winter. Can anyone help?
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