Cliffhanger by T. J. Middleton, a pseudonym for Tim Binding, an award-nominated literary fiction author and screenwriter for assorted British TV comedies, is the 1st novel in his Cliffhanger series of satirical literary fiction crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Ipso Books.
The series is a literary fiction black comedy take on crime thrillers, which explores the slightly demented psyche of middle England via wacky crime hijinx. This installment is a modern-day tale of a man planning the “perfect crime” with the intention of murdering his wife, but initially failing to succeed despite his best efforts, which are further complicated by the eccentricities of his nosy neighbours, leading to escalating crime upon crime as he commits further ones to try and cover up the tracks of the previous.
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If you are interested, you can read an interview with the author at The Guardian about the writing of this book and its “unedited” version, which is available from Macmillan’s Picador imprint as Cliffhanger: The Other Text, which has an alternative ending, among other things, which is apparently one of the topics of the interview (may contain spoilers).
Al Greenwood has decided to kill his wife, and he’s planned the perfect murder. But things don’t turn out quite the way he hoped and Al finds himself committing more crimes to cover his tracks.
Seen through the eyes of the totally despicable yet strangely likeable Al, Cliffhanger is a black comedy at its most thrilling, taking the reader on a hilarious ride through middle England and the murderous psyche.
T.J. Middleton is a unique and exciting voice, full of biting wit. Sharp, original and hugely entertaining, this is crime writing at its bizarre best.
Cliffhanger is the first in T.J. Middleton’s Cliffhanger series. The second, Fish Tale, is available now.