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Imprint: Point Blank

Subject: Crime & Thriller

The Syndicate

Guy Bolton


June 1947.

Jonathan Craine has left his old life in Hollywood behind him. But when notorious gangster Bugsy Siegel is murdered, Craine is summoned back to Las Vegas to find his killer. All he has helping him is a lone crime reporter with her own agenda.

He only has five days. Or there will be fatal consequences for Craine and his son. 

  • Publication date: May 2, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781786075581
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 400
  • Publication date: October 4, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781786074317
  • RRP: £16.99
  • Pages: 400
  • Publication date: September 20, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781786074324
  • RRP: £3.99
  • Pages: 400


‘When infamous mobster Bugsy Siegel is murdered, LAPD cop Jonathan Craine is summoned by the Las Vegas mafia to find out who’s responsible. If he fails, he dies. Taut and atmospheric, this is an excellent classic detective novel.’

Mail on Sunday Top Books of 2018

‘Bolton’s excellent novels are skillful evocations of the era but have a genuine darkness at their heart…[Bolton] manages to convey something of the redemptive magic of the movie business.’

Daily Telegraph

'Brilliantly taut and atmospheric.'

Mail on Sunday

‘If you enjoy hard-boiled American crime thrillers then this book is perfect for you. Highly recommended.’

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‘Bolton perfectly captures the era, with cameos by debauched Hollywood stars, rampant chauvinism and racism, and hearings by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Craine’s fear, exhaustion, and desperation are palpable as one lead after another turns to a dead end. This top-notch thriller doesn’t pause from beginning to end.’ 

Publishers Weekly

‘This is a razor-sharp evocation of the links between the movies and the mob and cements Bolton’s promise as a master of vintage Hollywood noir.’

Daily Mail

‘The Pictures was an incisive noir thriller…and The Syndicate is just as good… The unravelling of a connection between Hollywood and the criminal world is adroitly done, and the period language never sounds a false note.’


'Former Los Angeles cop Jonathan Craine accepts an offer he can't refuse by mobster Meyer Lansky, plunging him back into the world of violence and corruption that lurks under the glitzy Hollywood facade. Real figures from the late 1940s mingle with the fictional in this terrific follow-up to last year's The Pictures. The powerful writing and masterful plotting carry a reminder of Chandler.'

Sunday Times Crime Club

‘Bolton is a fine writer. This is a gripping, gloves-off period tale, sharply told with no holds barred.’

Peter James, author of Not Dead Enough

'From the shocking start to the dramatic conclusion this is a great and compelling read.'



‘Both gritty and glitzy, this evocative noir set in Hollywood’s heyday feels like a lost reel from a Bogart classic.’

Thomas Mullen, author of Darktown

‘A violent, engrossing work set in Hollywood and Las Vegas… Fast moving and written with a deceptively light touch The Syndicate can only enhance Bolton’s growing reputation.’

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Guy Bolton

Guy Bolton lives in London and has worked in publishing, film and television. Guy is also a screenwriter whose work has been optioned by Bedlam Productions, Hat Trick and Tiger Aspect. He is the author of The Pictures, which was short-listed for the Telegraph Harvill Secker crime writing competition and the CWA New Blood Award.

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