Horror Thriller

The Book with No Name – Anonymous

29 July 2018
The Book with No Name Book Cover The Book with No Name
Michael O'Mara Books
April 1, 2012

Detective Miles Jensen is called to the lawless town of Santa Mondega to investigate a spate of murders. This would all be quite ordinary in those rough streets, except that Jensen is the Chief Detective of Supernatural Investigations.The breakneck plot centres around a mysterious blue stone - 'The Eye of the Moon' - and the men (and women) who all want to get their hands on it: a mass murderer with a drink problem, a hit man who thinks he's Elvis, and a pair of monks among them. Add in the local crime baron, an amnesiac woman who's just emerged from a five-year coma, a gypsy fortune-teller and a hapless hotel porter, and the plot thickens fast. Most importantly, how do all these people come to be linked to the strange book with no name? The anonymous, ancient book that no one seems to have survived reading? The Book With No Name is a fast-paced, cinematic page-turner shot through with black humour, which will hold you rapt from its intriguing opening to the dramatic climax. There's only one way to find out what happens when you read the book with no name...


The Book with No Name is best described as a Quintin Tarantino styled all-action horror onslaught, with vampires, hitmen, monks, cops, local gangs, and a serial killer called the Bourdon Kid. It should be chaos, it should be unmanageable, it shouldn’t work, but it does.

The novel is mostly set in the fictional town of Santa Mondega, and in particular, the Tapioca bar owned by Sanchez. Very like a Tarantino film, the characters are unnatural and outlandish, just like the Elvis impersonating hitman, the vampires and the surprising woman who just came out of a 5-year coma with amnesia. The stylisation is eccentric and the ridiculous non-stop pace through the book is breath-taking.

The Bourbon Kid while considered a serial killer with an arcade-game kill ratio, is somehow considered the good guy, and he is when you consider the other characters. Everyone who reads an ancient book titled “The Book with No Name” from an anonymous author, is murdered soon afterwards.

The dialogue is on point with the style, it’s witty, pacey and gritty. This feels like a guilty pleasure, a book that just stimulates the senses.

The Bourbon Kid is also the alias that the real-life anonymous author gave himself. He was an Indie author that remains anonymous but tells in an interview how he found it difficult to secure publisher contracts but battled through to becoming a best-selling author today. In total there are 4 books in the Bourbon Kid series.

Peter Donnelly

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