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PARKER: A Miscellany
Copies Now Available

Published in a limited edition in 2016, PARKER: A Miscellany is a non-fiction companion to the Charlie Parker novels, using music as a starting point for much of its contents. PARKER: A Miscellany includes:

Introductions to the first 13 Parker novels and Bad Men, including an as-yet-unpublished introduction to A Song of Shadows.

An essay on every song to feature on the six CD compilations created for the books (included with Parker: A Miscellany), with each song as a window on the Parker novels, music, writing, or general creativity.

"The Music Lover," a long essay on John's life as a music fan.

Revised versions of three essays previously published in other volumes, collected here for the first time: "The Origins of Charlie Parker;" "No Blacks, No Dogs, No Crime Writers: Ireland and the Mystery Genre;" and "Introduction to the Scorpion Press edition of The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke."

At nearly 300 pages, the book comes in a slipcase with a ribbon bookmark. Noted artist Neil Shawcross designed the detailed wraparound cover, in full color.

This book is now available in a signed and numbered edition of 900; sorry, we cannot honor requests for specific numbers.

Please Select the Correct Postage

Matthew-April 25 2016, 10:25
Mark Billngham
In Conversation with John Connolly
Wednesday 11th May 2016 at 7:00 PM
Tickets: FREE

No Alibis Bookstore are very pleased to invite you to an evening of conversation between Mark Billingham and John Connolly, to celebrate the launch of Billingham's new novel, DIE OF SHAME, on Wednesday 11th May at 7:00PM. Tickets are free, but are strictly limited, so please RSVP to ensure your spot.

Please join us for a very special evening with two of the finest crime/mystery writers working within the genre today. Mark Billingham and John Connolly are internationally acclaimed authors, having won numerous awards and sold countless editions of their work. This is a rare opportunity to see both in conversation, discussing crime fiction and most importantly celebrating the launch of Mark's latest novel, DIE OF SHAME.

Full of betrayal, deceit and suspense, Die of Shame is the spectacular new book from number one bestseller Mark Billingham - author of Time of Death and In the Dark, both soon to be major BBC series.

Every Monday evening, six people gather in a smart North London house to talk about addiction. There they share their deepest secrets: stories of lies, regret, and above all, shame.

Then one of them is killed - and it's clear one of the circle was responsible.

Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner quickly finds her investigation hampered by the strict confidentiality that binds these people and their therapist together. So what could be shameful enough to cost someone their life?

And how do you find the truth when denial and deception are second nature to all of your suspects?

Tickets for this event are extremely limited. Avoid disappointment by booking your spot now. Email David or call the shop on 028 9031 9607.

Matthew-April 25 2016, 09:55

David Park
Thursday 12th May 2016 7:00 PM
Venue: Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Belfast
Tickets: FREE

The Directors of Bloomsbury Publishing & No Alibis Bookstore request the pleasure of your company at a reception to celebrate the launch of GODS & ANGELS by David Park on Thursday 12th May 2016 at 7 pm in The Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens. Refreshments will be provided, as well as music from local singer/songwriter Hannah McPhillimy. Free tickets for this event are now available.

David Park has written nine previous books including The Big Snow, Swallowing the Sun, The Truth Commissioner, The Light of Amsterdam, which was shortlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Prize, and, most recently, The Poets' Wives, which was selected as Belfast's Choice for One City One Book 2014. He has won the Authors' Club First Novel Award, the Bass Ireland Arts Award for Literature, the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award and the University of Ulster's McCrea Literary Award, three times. He has received a Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and been shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year Award three times. In 2014 he was longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. He lives in County Down, Northern Ireland.

A seventeen-year-old boy visits his estranged mother on Boxing Day in a grey seaside town; a University lecturer falls in with a group of older men who inhabit a very different world while trying to learn how to swim; a detective breaks into his former home to spy on his estranged family; a couple reflect on twenty-five years of marriage under the Northern Lights; and an old man volunteering in a charity shop forms a tender bond with a young single mother.

Bringing together deeply affecting stories exploring masculinity, loneliness, isolation and longing, Gods and Angels is a masterful collection from one of Ireland's finest writer.

“David Park is one of my favourite writers. This beautiful, nuanced, perceptive collection of stories is a considerable achievement. Somehow he writes with both grace and muscularity, and every page resounds with the sort of truthfulness that stirs deep recognitions in the reader. This is important, committed work from a writer who knows what he's about, but Park is also such a pleasure to read. I loved this book” – Joseph O'Connor

Hannah McPhillimy is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose influences of musicals, pre-war jazz, blues and folk blend seamlessly to create the beautiful collection of songs that is her first EP, ‘Seeing Things’. With new material in the pipeline and more shows scheduled for this year, the songstress is making people sit up and listen with her beautiful and poetic songs. It’s clear to see that she is ‘one to watch’. (The Belfast Telegraph)

Tickets for this event are now available, so book your spot now. Email David or call the shop on 028 9031 9607.

Matthew-April 25 2016, 10:19

Steve Cavanagh
Wednesday 18th May 2016 6:30 PM
Tickets: FREE

No Alibis Bookstore is very pleased to invite you to celebrate the launch of Steve Cavanagh's second novel, THE PLEA on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 6:30 pm. Free tickets for this event are now available.

Fraud. Blackmail. Murder. It's all in a day's work for Eddie Flynn.

For years, major New York law firm Harland & Sinton has operated a massive global fraud. When a client of the firm, David Child, is arrested for murder, the FBI ask con-artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn to secure Child as his client and force him to testify against the firm.

Eddie's not a man to be coerced into representing a guilty client, but the FBI have incriminating files on Eddie's wife, and if Eddie won't play ball, she'll pay the price.

When Eddie meets Child he's convinced the man is innocent, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. With the FBI putting pressure on him to secure the plea, Eddie must find a way to prove Child's innocence while keeping his wife out of danger - not just from the FBI, but from the firm itself.

Steve was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. At 18 he moved to Dublin and studied Law, by mistake, and went on to be a pot-washer, bouncer, security guard and call centre operative before landing a job as an investigator for a large law firm in Belfast, where he eventually qualified as a solicitor. He then moved to a smaller firm where he could practice in the field of civil rights law. Steve has been involved in several high profile cases; in 2010 he represented a factory worker who suffered racial abuse in the workplace and won the largest award of damages for race discrimination in Northern Ireland legal history. He holds a certificate in Advanced Advocacy and often lectures on various legal subjects (but really he just likes to tell jokes).

His debut novel, The Defence, is the first in a new, US-based, legal thriller series. It will be published in the UK by Orion, in spring 2015, as a major debut.

Tickets for this event are now available, so book your spot now. Email David or call the shop on 028 9031 9607.

Matthew-April 25 2016, 10:25

Anthony Toner
Thursday 19th & Friday 20th May 2016 at 8:00PM
Tickets: £10

Following sold out shows in No Alibis in 2014 and 2015, we are delighted to be hosting Anthony Toner again on Friday 20th May at 8:00PM. Amazingly, but not surprisingly, Anthony Toner's Concert for Friday 20th of May is now SOLD OUT. But here is the GOOD NEWS.... Anthony will be playing an extra concert in No Alibis Bookstore Belfast on THURSDAY 19th MAY at 8pm. Tickets for this new show are now on sale, priced £10 each.

Tickets are available through the PayPal button below. Please note, PayPal tickets include a small surcharge to cover costs. Please retain your PayPal receipt, as this is your ticket for the event.


Anthony Toner has been described as ‘John Prine meets James Taylor – in a second hand book shop’. His single ‘Sailortown’ grabbed the attention of radio listeners in Northern Ireland in 2010, and his music has held public attention ever since. The song was an utterly contemporary, clear-eyed depiction of a doomed teenage romance - set against the backdrop of Belfast’s fabled Sailortown neighbourhood, now undergoing all kinds of transformations.

His live performances always feature entertaining stories from the road, peerless guitar playing and thought-provoking songs that stay with you on the way home.

We expect tickets for this event to sell out quickly. Avoid disappointment by booking your spot now. Email David or call the shop on 028 9031 9607.

Matthew-February 01 2016, 12:05
Paul Charles
Thursday 26th May 2016 6:30 PM
Tickets: FREE

No Alibis Bookstore is very pleased to invite you to celebrate the launch of Paul Charles' latest Inspector Starrett novel, ST ERNAN'S BLUES on Thursday 26th May 2016 at 6:30 pm. Free tickets for this event are now available.

A lone building on a small island off Ireland’s Donegal coast, St Ernan’s is politely known as a “retirement home” for priests. The exiled residents are guilty of such serious offenses as entrepreneurship, criticizing the church, or getting too friendly with the flock. But things take a turn when Fr Matthew McKaye is found dead in the kitchen, a pot of potatoes boiling on the range. Has one of these isolated outcasts committed murder?

The case is assigned to Inspector Starrett and his tenacious team at the Serious Crimes Unit, who find the unexplainable cause of death to be the first in a string of oddities.

Starrett soon discovers that ten clergy alone on an island can concoct a great deal of mischief, but what could the young priest have done to get himself murdered? Long-buried grievances are awakened by the ghosts of Starrett’s seminarian past, and though Starrett excels at untangling facts from speculation, this investigation is going to require all the procedural discipline he can muster.

Paul Charles was born and raised in Magherafelt in the north of Ireland and divides his time between writing and working in the music business in London. He is the author of ten critically acclaimed Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy mysteries, set in Camden Town, the most recent of which was A Pleasure To Do Death With You.

Down On Cyprus Avenue a murder mystery set in modern day Belfast and introducing McCusker was published in November 2014.

His most recent book (spring 2016) is the 3rd Inspector Starrett mystery - St Ernan's Blues - which, like the first two, is set in Donegal in Ireland.

Tickets for this event are now available, so book your spot now. Email David or call the shop on 028 9031 9607.

Matthew-May 06 2016, 15:34


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