I’m thrilled to be taking part in the Blog Tour for Nick Bryan’s Hobson & Choi series, books which I haven’t read yet, but sound absolutely fantastic. I’m going to be sharing with you a guest post by Nick Bryan, and if you stick around until the end of the post, there’s also a giveaway waiting for you to enter as well!
Anyway, enough of me rambling on – here’s Nick Bryan’s fantastic post for you all:
Cyber/Crime Divisions – Internet In Dramatic Fiction
Remember the good old days? When it was so much easier to explain people just wandering off into the woods on their own, no way to contact their friends and family, without having to include the token moment where their mobile phone was smashed/dropped/missing/low on signal?
And then came the internet – not only can we call for help at any time, we also have the bulk of human knowledge at our fingertips. All those messages about the importance of manual research via old books in Buffy The Vampire Slayer are only slightly undermined by knowing, nowadays, Giles would surely put all his occult volumes in a searchable database, saving them all that tedious reading before saving the world.
Yes, they would accidentally unleash about seventy demons during the scanning procedure, but that’s the price you pay for progress. At least they wouldn’t have to worry about breathing in all that dust.
I haven’t even mentioned Twitter yet – not only can we text our Mum to tell her we’re being chased through the undergrowth by a gigantic half-man half-squirrel trying to cheekpouch us like a pile of nuts, we can let all our friends and an army of strangers know at the same time.
If we’re talking crime novels, there’s a raft of tech in that particular area that makes it harder to get away with murder – forensics, DNA tests, constant CCTV. I hear rumours that’s one reason period-set crime novels took off, neatly sidestepping the whole problem.
Personally, I haven’t reached for the meta-time-machine yet. After all, I live in the twenty-first century, I have access to news websites, I’m well aware that there is still badness in the world, meaning there’s still potential for crime stories.
But more to the point – if the internet has achieved anything, it’s reduced the degrees of separation between us and many previously-far-off situations. Yes, it can make us a lot easier to get characters out of stuff, but it also makes it a whole load simpler to get them into it. A simple man in London might end up fighting a giant ant-eater on the streets of Warsaw, just because he saw something strange when googling “help my kitchen has ants and also enormous rats”.
And then before you know it, he’s up to his neck in snout, and then you kill the poor bastard’s 3G connectivity. I live in a major capital city, yet can barely manage decent mobile internet at the café table where I do the bulk of my writing, so it’s not even unrealistic.
It’s fine, guys. We can do it. Focus not on what technology can do for you, but what it can do to you.
Hobson & Choi Series by Nick Bryan
“If we get 400 followers, John Hobson will solve that nasty wolf-murder case for free! Fight the thing himself if he has to! #HobsonVsWolf!”Angelina Choi was only trying to drum up some Twitter followers and make a good impression on her first day interning at John Hobson’s one-man detective agency.
But the campaign went viral and now they have a murder to solve, no money coming in, and an unwilling Hobson faced with battling some enormous beast.
With both follower and body counts rising, can they crack the case without offending everyone or being eaten by a huge dog?
The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf is the first case starring Hobson & Choi, a bickering, mismatched detective duo for 21st century London. This book collects the debut storyline of the hit darkly comic crime web serial, extensively rewritten and improved for this definitive edition.
“Sometimes #crime feels like the Matrix. Or the #patriarchy or #porn. It’s everywhere, even in people you trusted, and there’s so MUCH of it.”
Angelina Choi returns for her second and final week of work experience at John Hobson’s detective agency, ready for anything after their first successful murder solve.
After all that online buzz, they’re in phenomenal demand. Can Hobson & Choi solve a kidnapping, play chicken with corporate crime, beat back gentrification, save a dog from drug dealers and head off violent backlash from their last case?
Or will grim revelations about Hobson’s past leave them floundering in the chaos?
Rush Jobs collects the second major storyline in the Hobson & Choi saga, #1 on Jukepop Serials and #2 in Dark Comedy on Amazon, adding brand new chapters and scenes to the case.
About the Author
Nick Bryan is a London-based writer of genre fiction, usually with some blackly comic twist. As well as the detective saga Hobson & Choi, he is also working on a novel about the real implications of deals with the devil and has stories in several anthologies.
When not reading or writing books, Nick Bryan enjoys racquet sports, comics and a nice white beer.
Monday 19th January
Rain On A Summer’s Afternoon
Tuesday 20th January
Wednesday 21st January
Music, Books and Tea
Thursday 22nd January
Ya Yeah Yeah
Friday 23rd January
A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
Saturday 24th January
Tales of Yesterday
Sunday 25th January
Monday 26th January
Tuesday 27th January
The Online Novel
Wednesday 28th January
Nyx Book Reviews
Thursday 29th January
Friday 30th January
Saturday 31st January
The Book Moo
Sunday 1st February
Monday 2nd February
There is a tour-wide giveaway throughout the tour as well.
One Signed Paperback Set of the Hobson & Choi Series
Three E-Book Sets of the Hobson & Choi Series