The Hard Cold Shoulder

Every step leaves ex DI Ben Pitkin wrestling with his own sanity, takes him deeper into seedy shadows thick with money and greed, deeper into the sickness of a country tearing itself apart under the pressures of austerity. Northern Noir at its most fierce, Sykes’ novella takes a hard, cold look at the desperate actions of desperate people caught in the effects of psychological trauma.

L.A. Sykes studied psychology and criminology at University of Central Lancashire before working in acute psychiatry and other helping professions for the last decade.
He's been up or due at publications such as Shotgun Honey & Powder Burn Flash, among others while he works on his first novel and other projects.


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