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About Cal

February 6, 2018

Cal Moriarty is a multi award-winning writer-director, novelist and producer. Cal’s debut novel, The Killing of Bobbi Lomax, was an FT Crime Novel of the Year and was compared to the work of Elmore Leonard, Stephen King, Don Winslow and Bill Beverly. Great company to be in! Cal’s screenwriter-director debut, the short Talk, showed at over 20 International […]

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Read all the newspaper and blogger reviews for my work.

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Moriarty writes with a real flair for dynamic action, detail and pace. The Killing of Bobbi Lomax is an evocative, original novel. Noirish, modern, with a dry comic edge. (Laline Paull, author of THE BEES)

The Killing of Bobbi Lomax is an explosive, intelligent and gripping thriller that takes you deep into an underworld of religious cults and high stakes counterfeiting. The story hurtles along with great pace and panache and the dialogue is superb and surprising. A high-pitched, dream-fevered brilliant debut novel from a writer we’ll no doubt be hearing lots from. (Stav Sherez, author of A DARK REDEMPTION and ELEVEN DAYS)

The Killing of Bobbi Lomax is an ambitious crime novel … Well done Cal Moriarty, for concocting a clever crime cocktail with so many unusual ingredients.’ (Thriller Books Journal)

Evocative, original novel

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‘[A] quirky novel that makes a particular virtue of its pre-internet setting.’ (Metro)

Although this is Cal Moriaty’s first novel, she’s delivered a crafted and assured book with a strong and sophisticated plot. She’s not relied on clichéd themes or settings, but instead chosen and developed a thoughtful story that kept me puzzled and engaged’ (Crime Warp)

The Killing of Bobbi Lomax is a superb crime debut – multi-layered, with absolutely fascinating characters, terrific descriptive prose and a really really intriguing tale.’ (Liz Wilkins Liz Loves Books)

Quirky, novel with fascinating characters

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Over the years, I have been hugely lucky to have written many projects that have found audiences, readers and fans. It’s super-cringey to write/type praise of yourself/your work, but readers / audiences who most likely have never heard of you, often rely on others’ opinions before spending their hard earned cash. So, here’s a selection from the publication of The Killing of Bobbi Lomax:

Hypnotically creepy … Written by a former private detective, this is a spooky crime debut with Stephen King-style twists. (Daily Mail)

Explosive … a pacy, cerebral thriller. (Stylist)

‘[A] total wow of a first novel. Moriarty can do breakneck speed without skimping on the development of her characters. Superb.’ (Kate Saunders The Times)

‘crime fiction aficionados are in luck right now – barely a month seems to pass without a first-time novelist arriving fully formed, with all the authority of older hands. The latest is Cal Moriarty, who centres her debut on an unassuming book-lover who may also be an ingenious murderer. Clark Houseman comes to the attention of Moriarty’s tenacious detectives Sinclair and Alvarez when bombs go off in the US city of Abraham, killing the eponymous Bobbi Lomax and a man named Peter Gudsen. The survivor is Houseman, who turns out to be a skilled forger of literary signatures and, like Lomax and Gudsen, to have belonged to a sinister sect, The Faith. Moriarty’s novel is a blistering examination of both the criminal mind and the dark secrets that lie within America’s Bible Belt.‘ (Barry Forshaw Financial Times)

 

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