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Conrad Williams Books In Order

Publication Order of Rad Hallah Books

Footprint on Nowhere Beach (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Joel Sorrell Books

Dust and Desire (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sonata and the Dead (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hell is Empty (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Head Injuries (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nearly People (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Game (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
London Revenant (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scalding Rooms (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Decay Inevitable (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blonde on a Stick (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Loss of Separation (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fox (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Rain (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Door Opens and Closes (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Jungle (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories Books

The Cryptanalyst (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Author Conrad Williams was born in the year 1969. He is the author of the “Joel Sorrell” series and some other stand alone novels; as well as some short stories. He made his debut in the year 1998, with the release of “Head Injuries”.

In the year 2007, he won the Best Novel Award from International Horror Guild Award for the novel “The Unblemished” (an award that author Stephen King was shortlisted for). The next year, he won Best Novella from British Fantasy Award for the story “The Scalding Rooms”. His novel “One”, won the British Fantasy Award in 2010 for Best Novel. In 1993, he was given Best Newcomer by British Fantasy Award.

“Dust and Desire” is the first novel in the “Joel Sorrell” series and was released in the year 2015. Joel Sorrell (foul mouthed and bruised, working as a private investigator) cannot resist taking on missing persons cases. It is not just because he is currently looking for his missing daughter, who disappeared five years after his wife was killed.

He feels close to those that are damned and desperate. Joel feels responsible in a way. Kara Geenan, a puzzling woman, wants him and begs him to find her missing brother. Joel cannot help but say yes.

Kara vanishes after someone tries to kill Joel. There is a vicious serial killer out there on the hunt. Those that Joel are close to get sucked into things. He thinks that the key to the whole thing may be found in his own hellish past.

This is a novel that will keep you up and reading into the morning hours; it grabs a hold of you and does not let go for a single second. Fans of the novel like the humor and violence found in the book, and like how the two are blended together. Some like the way that Williams’s work in horror influenced the way he wrote this thriller; it gave it a bit of a grittier edge.

“Sonata of the Dead” is the second novel in the “Joel Sorrell” series and was released in the year 2016. Four months after book one’s events, Joel has gotten over the wounds he got in the fight with The Four-Year-Old.

A body is found, after being sealed into a dead space located behind a false wall in a Muswell Hill flat. It seems to be the third murder committed like this, by a killer called The Hack. The bodies are beheaded and pages of typewritten text (that have blood on them) are strewn all around them. It might have something to do with his daughter going missing.

Fans of the novel like the way that this is a different kind of thriller, finding that it is packed with substance and style. Williams’s background in horror, to some, makes him better at thriller fiction than some, because he knows how to thrill and surprise and at the same time, not underestimate how intelligent his readers are. The author does a great job handling the psychologically challenging parts in a great way, without resorting to cheap things just to amuse his readers.

“Hell is Empty” is the third novel in the “Joel Sorrell” series and was released in the year 2016. Joel is getting over someone trying to kill him, but he is not quite doing well. He is drinking a lot, exhausted, and what little personal life he has is crumbling.

He gets a hope filled, but distant not that comes to him from his daughter. It makes him stay for the present. As a distraction, someone he used to work with gives him case files from an unsolved case. Joel gets obsessed with the string of murders from the eighties done by a killer called The Skylark. This killer used to push construction workers from Thatcherite skyscrapers that were new at the time.

Joel springs into action after a sweetheart from his youth calls him about a kidnapped child. Nothing makes sense, as he digs deeper. Everything leads to one of Joel’s old enemies, who has risen to prominence while locked up and knocked the prison he was in down to the ground. Joel is on the run and fears for his life. He finds himself tangled in a big web, that affects the past and present, not to mention, those who are closest to him.

Fans of the novel found this to be the best book of the entire series. This is a merciless and engaging series, one the most extreme series you will find in thriller fiction. Everything that has been built up throughout the series is amped up, as is his ability to make his readers guess and wonder what is going to happen next in the book. This is yet another that made readers keep on reading, to find out how things would turn out in the end.

“One” is a stand alone novel that Conrad Williams wrote and was released in the year 2009. This is not a country he knows, nor one that he wants to see, not even in the closed off madness of his worst nightmares. Richard Jane made it and survived.

He walks on this molten road, without a choice, because by the end of the road, his son might still be living. The land is a mess, scorched with carcasses and rubble, and the sky has a venomous clouds and a burning rain.

Rats have come up, to dine on rotting flesh, and there is a glittering dust that coats everything. There is a terrible secret in hiding, while new horrors start taking hold. He walks on, with only a single hope keeping him going.

Fans felt that this novel was well written, and has some interesting touches on certain characters with some thoughtful ruminations on things and striking images. The novel skips over the action, because the book is more about a father loving his son and traveling off to find him. It is a thrilling novel from a great writer, and it is hard to put down, for very long, if at all. Each of the chapters builds off Jane’s first feeling of dread; you feel that his story is going somewhere and will be finished up in the conclusion of this book.

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