Welcome to www.joesteinauthor.co.uk

Welcome to the website of author Joe Stein. Joe has written four crime/thriller books featuring the ex-boxer turned bodyguard Garron and also had several short stories published, some of which you can find re-printed here.

A collection of Joe’s short stories is now published by Ward Wood Publishing. The book is titled ‘For My Sins’ and is out in a kindle version now at:
For My Sins

Joe was long-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association 2016 Dagger in the Library award.
This is an award for a body of work over a period of time.

Joe’s latest Garron book, ‘Through Another Night’ is out now published by Ward Wood Publishing
It is available from bookshops, direct from the publisher at http://www.wardwoodpublishing.co.uk
or from Amazon, The Book Depository and usual outlets.

‘Through Another Night’ was shortlisted for the final of The People’s Book Prize 2014 / 2015, an award which works purely on public voting.
You can view Joe’s book on The People’s Book Prize website at: 

The third Garron book, ‘That Twisted Thing Called Truth’ is still available from all good bookshops and websites.

The Crimesquad review of That Twisted Thing Called Truth says:

“The book has a heart-breaking resonance to it; a bitter sweet flavour coats the words…Stein’s prose hit the target every time.”

Read the full review of ‘That Twisted Thing Called Truth’ at the Crimesquad website at: www.crimesquad.com/reviews.asp

A slightly tongue in cheek article on realism in crime fiction written by Joe for The Thrilling Detective Website has resurfaced. Check it out at:
The Thrilling Detective Website is THE reference point for all PI fiction, TV and Film.


Through Another Night

Damaged and down on his luck, ex-boxer turned bodyguard Garron is as low as he’s been. Struggling to get through each day and taking jobs he should be refusing, he finds himself in direct opposition to psychotics and drug dealers and entering the worlds of gangs and extortionists.
But this is not the Garron of old. He’s been injured and out of the life too long and to survive he’ll have to dig deep, into reserves he thinks he’s left behind.
Reserves that might not be there anymore.

That Twisted Thing Called Truth

Garron is surviving. In fact, with regular bodyguarding work and a steady relationship, the ex-boxer is looking forwards for the first time since his fighting days. But when a job gives him the opportunity to find out what happened to an old friend, he finds himself in a place where he’s fighting on a different level.

Unable to trust his employer, threatening his relationship and running out of friends, Garron is forced to look at what he is, as well as what he does, while trying just to stay alive.

And when you’re facing the Russian Mafia, staying alive might be more than you can hope for.

Another Man’s World

Ex-boxer Garron is back, now working full time as a bodyguard and rent collector and struggling with both his wrecked past and his bleak future. Working for shady businessmen and criminals, he’s trying to stay one step out of their life and make sense of his own. But at a time when Garron sees a possible way out of his troubles, one small job starts to escalate out of control and betrayal by friends and manipulation by enemies sees him dragged into a world of unlicensed fights and shotgun robberies, a world where he is pulled into confrontation with career criminal Adam Hillier, a world in which Hillier walks unchallenged. It is another man’s world.

Cold Fire, Calm Rage

An ex-boxer turned bodyguard finds himself out of his depth and struggling to survive double-crosses by London gangsters and manipulation by European criminals in a thriller that owes as much to the noirish world of Chandler as it does to the underworld of London. ‘Write what you know’ is what they always tell you. But sometimes it’s hard to know where the fiction separates from the reality. “Cold Fire, Calm Rage” is such a story and in it Joe Stein produces a gritty realism that leaves many others for dead. This is not a glamorised gangster story. This is how it is.

Short Stories

Joe has written several stories across different genres. Most of these have been published in magazines, for example, Thriller UK Magazine, or in anthologies such as the Bluechrome 2003 Anthology. From time to time short stories will be posted here and any feedback is welcomed.

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www.joesteinauthor.co.uk is a contact point for Joe and an introduction to his books and short stories. There will usually be an extract from one of the books and a short story posted on the site at any one time. Any signings/interviews or appearances at open groups will also be listed.