Film Noirs & Pullman Cars 
Film Noirs and Spanish Guitars
Film Noirs and Mini Bars
Far Reaching Aspects
Flashbulb Memories
Vanished into Thin Air
The Secret Letterbox
Ten Strands
Pool of Deceit
Trouble in Bath


‘Sterling has been many things in life, but lucky was never one of them. When a desperate client, carrying a hefty wad of cash pleads for his help, the down-on-his-luck private investigator thinks it will be a straightforward job. He soon discovers nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Now, he must decide between doing what’s right or focusing on his bottom-line. With plenty to worry about and everything on the table, will Sterling’s instincts steer him in the right direction or lead him into danger?

Film Noirs and Mini Bars


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Another enjoyable read from this author where he has the ability to transport the reader into his world purely with text. A good book with colourful characters & keeps you guessing to the very end. Most enjoyable.

Amazon Customer.

John Kemp captures the language and feel of the film noir genre with tough-talk and inuendo. His P.I. Sterling is likable and the story is peppered with colorful characters and plot twists. When I finished the book, I wanted a drink and a smoke! I can't wait for the next case.

J.P. Farley July 30, 2017.

With his latest novella John Kemp dives into the film noir genre, & in Sterling, he has created a memorable character who could easily have stepped out of the pages of one of James M. Cain's classics; I personally would cast Robert Mitchum to play him in the movie version. Sterling is cynical and world-wise but is self-deprecating about his faults and failures, and colours his running inner monologue throughout with a sardonic humour that makes him a most agreeable tour guide into his seedy underworld workplace; along the way we meet a host of other equally memorable characters who crawl in and out of the shadows to wreak havoc for Sterling. It is clear that the author has an abiding affection for film noir and he more than ably captures the settings and speech that give noir its distinctive sense of time and place. I eagerly await the next chapter in Sterling's story.

Gary Wright.

This novella was a delightful read. The title reveals the style of the book and throughout the reading I could picture myself watching a Film Noir. Follow PI Sterling and his dry sense of humor in a story of murder, double crosses, deceit, trickery and everything else a black and white detective Film Noir would feature…If you want to reminisce in the Film Noir genre you won't be disappointed. I think the novella format was well suited for the style of writing and I am looking forward to more of the same in the series.

Alan Bester, S. Africa July 30th, 2017. (

Go undercover and discover the underbelly of Manchester in the exciting novella, Film Noirs and Spanish Guitars (A Sterling P.I. Series) by John Kemp. Sterling may have his issues, but he uses them to expand his experiences of life. I really enjoyed reading this novella. I am great fan of the noir genre. I enjoyed the story; it was fun and upbeat in a grimy sort of way and held all of the thrill and shadow play of a classic noir. Regardless of how you like your thrillers, this story is a great intriguing read. I look forward to the next installment! I would recommend this book to lovers of mystery, noir, and light, cozy crime reads.

Alyssa Elmore, Readers' Favorite.

‘“The character of Sterling is that of an ex-policeman and now Private Investigator. The whole of Sterling and the scene is set very stereotypical from many PI movies but that just added to the light-heartedness of it all. I think this would make a fun film. This is a PI story with a fun twist the whole way through in that ~ there is humor fighting its way in through the whole story. I laughed along as I read the novella and yet at times it seemed quite serious. Following along with Sterling as he follows Grey around as his security. The people they meet and the ride the story takes you on is captivating and such a fun read. If you like Janet Evanovich and the Stephanie Plum series you will like this book.”’

Molmosmat ~Australia (LibraryThing).

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