Kidnapped coffins, dark humour and city crime drama make Kevin Scott’s Dead Cat Bounce a winner

Dead Cat Bounce by Kevin Scott

What’s the story: 24 hours before the funeral of their little brother, Matt and Peter have to start to work together to pay a gangster £20,000 to have the body and coffin returned in time for the service – and without their hysterical mother finding out.

You’ll like it if you like: Orphans, Breaking Bad, The Shield, Matt Bendoris’ crime novels, Chris Brookmyre, 24 (the good seasons). Continue reading

Bad journalism didn’t kill newspapers – and it wasn’t the internet either…

Newspaper advertising revenue chart

Newspaper advertising revenue isn’t what it was – but who is to blame? Not journalism in my opinion

 

Even today, when we see tales of woe around traditional journalism, and in particular newspapers, you see the journalists being blamed for writing crap stories or not bringing in enough scoops or editors being too timid and to be honest, it’s gotten a little tedious.

You want to look to where newspapers started to die (not that many of them aren’t still profitable, just less profitable than before), go blame the advertising departments. Continue reading