“Author Topshee Johnston knows how to dish up fear, suspense, and an anti-heroine worthy of a sequel of his debut novel, HARD LUCK GIRL.”

~Alicia Rudnicki for IndieReader


Johnston offers all the expected hard-boiled elements in this mystery—including shady characters, near misses with the police, rampant sex, drug use, and violence. Protagonist Rose certainly fits well into the genre with her brazen dialogue: “Name’s Rose, and I’m a prostitute,” she boldly tells strangers. “Feel better now?” But she also offers up the book’s most unexpected elements. Her struggle to dispose of Rod’s body, for example, is black-comedy gold, and her eventual team-up with gay sex worker Taylor results in some great, quirky exchanges of dialogue. Johnston provides plenty of suspenseful set pieces throughout, but the mystery surrounding Rod’s death is never as engaging as Rose’s jaw-dropping attempts to become a queen of vice.

A gritty novel with a surprising and strong female lead.”

BlueInk Review

Hard Luck Girl is a gritty read with strong language, sexual violence, prostitution and drug abuse. As Rose’s race to deal with Rod’s body quickly becomes a fight for her survival, the action moves briskly, and author Topshee Johnston ends every chapter on a cliff-hanger, ensuring readers turn the pages.”