How Kirsty Gets Her Kicks

About the Author

Award-winning crime Scottish writer Jennifer Lee Thomson who also writes as Jenny Thomson lives in Scotland with her rescue dog and partner and is a member of the UK’s Crime Writers Association. She’s had a variety of jobs including as a film extra and a board game inventor, and she also worked as a hospital laundry attendant where she narrowly avoided cut off her hand with a stray scalpel left in a doctor’s white coat.

Her published works include the dark Scottish crime thriller Vile City (the first in a series of books featuring Inspector Duncan Waddell and his comatose sidekick DC Stevie Campbell) which was published by Caffeine Nights. Book 2 in the series Cannibal City will be out soon.

She loves writing about tough women and also wrote the crime files trilogy Hell To Pay, Throwaways and Don’t Come For Me featuring rape survivor turned vigilante Nancy Kerr. She used her zombie obsession (her favourite movie is Dawn of the Dead – the original version) to write comedy thriller Dead Bastards. In her spare time she’s planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

She blogs at and tweets as jenthom72

A tale of skullduggery that plays out on the mean streets of Glasgow…

One-legged barmaid Kirsty is in a shit-load of trouble after she kills one of gangster Jimmy McPhee’s enforcers with a stiletto heel to the head after he gets a bit too handsie.

Now she’s on the run from the gang boss who loves to torture his victims before he kills them, with a safe-load of cash she stole from him and a hot gun. And she has company—a choirboy barman Jamie who just happens to be the only witness.

She needs to survive long enough to spend the cash.

How difficult can it be to catch a “daft wee lassie with one leg?” Glasgow hardman Jimmy McPhee is about to find out. Kirsty’s made a laughing stock out of him and he doesn’t like that one wee bit.

Bring together a one legged barmaid who’s legged it with a safe load of dirty cash, a spurned gangster’s wife who wants a walking womb for her mail order sperm, a giant birthday cake and a mad chase to the end, and you’ve got How Kirsty Gets Her Kicks: one freaking minute at a time.


How Kirsty Gets Her Kicks hits the ground running and does not let up for a single breathless second. I tore through this in one sitting, and it’s a hell of a ride filled with colourful characters and casual violence—everything I look for in crime fiction—not to mention a lead character that takes everything thrown at her and just keeps on coming. This is a great story, and Jennifer Lee Thomson is a great story-teller.”

—Paul Heatley, author of FatboyGuillotine, and the Eye for an Eye series

“A high-kicking, double-barrelled, blast of grindhouse pulp.”

—Paul D. Brazill, author of Last Year’s Man

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