In 1998 Turnstone Press launched an imprint of literary genre titles—Ravenstone.
Ravenstone is devoted to literary and experimental mysteries. We are interested in tightly written, well-plotted, manuscripts in the sub-genres of hardboiled, neo-noir, police procedural, private eye, suspense, and thriller. At this time we are not considering cozies or "special knowledge" manuscripts.
"A terrific story, engrossing and inventive. Van Rooy has upped the ‘anti’ in his hero and given us a character who is irresistible—endlessly resourceful, morally complex, and very funny. Be a crime not to read it."
It is 1917 and the Great War has been raging for three long years. Mycroft Holmes grows suspicious of one of his agents who reports back to him from the heart of the Ottoman Empire: Constantinople. Naturally, he wants to send out a man to investigate--one who knows the area, the language, the people, and has an exemplary war service record, including a fourteen-month stint posing as a German officer at the High Command in Berlin. But Sherlock Holmes proves to be, for once, stubbornly reluctant to fulfill his older brother's request.
Watson takes up his pen one last time to describe in a private memoir the true tale of Holmes' adventures during his three-year absence from Baker Street, and provides a fictional explanation for many of the mysteries and inaccuracies found with the Sherlock Holmes collection of stories and novels.
Criminal Intent is a vignette set before events in both Your Friendly Neighbourhood Criminal and An Ordinary Decent Criminal. Criminal Intent reveals a hard and merciless Monty Haaviko. Freshly released from a stint in prison, Monty goes looking for revenge on the partner who let him take the fall for a bank robbery gone wrong.