Man on a Murder Cycle
Paperback 404 pages ISBN: 0340696249
Hardback 404 pages ISBN: 0340696230
First edition, published hardback by Hodder & Stoughton in 1997 and paperback by Hodder's New English Library in 1998.
Tom Roker’s debut thriller was an instant bestseller. Since then, he has written four more books, none of which have been published. His reputation has faded from overnight success to one-hit wonder.
Now, finally, he’s making a comeback. His latest novel, Man on a Murder Cycle, is a blockbuster. The dark tale of Milton, a vengeful biker with a penchant for brutal acts of violence, perfectly recaptures the mood of Roker’s first novel. And everyone loves it!
It’s just a shame he didn’t write it.
The real author is recently deceased. Roker stole the manuscript, passing it off as his own. He’s covered his tracks well, so the trivial matter of who wrote what can be overlooked.
That is, until a mad man on a big bike starts killing people, exactly as described in the stolen novel – even those scenes that didn’t make the final cut.
Only one person can know what was written in those scenes, and he’s dead.
Man on a Murder Cycle
Paperback 495 pages ISBN: 978-1915433060
Kindle edition 505 pages ISBN: 978-1915433121
Second edition, revised and updated, published by Red Dog Press in 2023.
No longer available; unpublished by now-defunct publisher.
Praise for MAN ON A MURDER CYCLE
For the second edition:
The Irresponsible Reader by HC Newton
A Knight's Reads
For the first edition:
"This is a highly entertaining novel, with a neat, smart plot, some perfectly-executed set-pieces and a fine sense of the ridiculous ... Mark Pepper is a writer to watch."
London Time Out
"Fast and compelling ... highly readable and well-plotted, Pepper has written about the unbelievable with conviction and a nice dash of ambivalence."
"Pepper has a distinct take on horror ... Man on a Murder Cycle builds on the promising debut of The Short Cut. A very talented writer."
"Man on a Murder Cycle is a very clever action thriller, full of twists and turns, skilfully handled, and singles out Mark Pepper as a talent to keep an eye on."
Neil Johnstone of Waterstones Booksellers in the Edinburgh Evening Telegraph
"A book which will keep you glued to the edge of your seat."
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
"Author or actor, the future looks bright for Mr Pepper."
East Anglian Daily Times
"A pacy, scary thriller that oozes tension."
South Wales Argus
"Man on a Murder Cycle is a fast read ... entertaining to the last. An assured offering: a peal of heavy-metal thunder!"
"The opening grabbed me right from the start ... from then on it takes a curious turn; you are unsure whether it is a supernatural thriller or the story of a lunatic out for revenge. I shall not say, as the fun is in the reading ... Mark Pepper has something of a Hutson-esque turn to his descriptions of gruesome happenings. If you like Shaun Hutson, give this one a go, you will be pleasantly surprised."
Three 5-star Amazon reviews:
"Goodness, what a book! I thoroughly enjoyed it from the very first page where we meet one of the main characters and what transpires to be the main focus of the story ... With the supernatural element and a little horror mixed in at times I could easily have been reading a Stephen King novel. The author's writing skills are second to none and he knows exactly how to engage the reader with his fast paced chapters, unexpected twists and turns and the right amount of supernatural elements to keep you on your toes ... Mark Pepper is an actor turned author who has a remarkable writing talent and I will certainly be looking out for more work by him in the future. A fabulous 5 stars and then some!"
"Exceptional may be a better word. Mark Pepper has written a great book that really does send a chill up your spine. The story of revenge from beyond the grave is not original but the way in which Mr Pepper has written this certainly makes it seem so. If you are a fan of thriller/chillers, you couldn't do much better than this."
"Bleeding marvellous. I read The Short Cut and then this - while The Short Cut is good, this book is obviously where the author's passions lie -it's very polished, slick, moves quickly and consistently with some nice evil twists. It sucks you into the viewpoint of the hero/antihero in a similar way to Red Dragon and you can start to understand and empathize with the main character. Very involving, a very good read."
In response to a GoodReads request asking: “What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year, and how did you discover or decide to read it?”
“Man on a murder cycle by @WritermanMark . I found it in a second hand book shop and loved it so much i bought a copy for my brother, he is dyslexic bullied at school because of it and vowed never to pick a book up again. He loved it and now has a new found love of books.”