An adrenalin-fueled page-turner
Stage-dive into the exciting crime adventures of Billy Lime, rock music bad boy, impresario and reluctant fixer.
Mark Hollands’ latest thriller captures the exciting new genre of "rock noir" - crime set in the excess and indulgence of the entertainment and music industry. The genre reflects the bold new influences of television writing from popular Netflix shows including Ray Donovan, Vinyl, Californication and Ballers, setting fast-paced and dryly-observed action within the outrageous egos, drama and throbbing bass beat of music and celebrity.
In Amplify Billy Lime bankrolls the global tour of Californian rock gods, The Pagan Virtue. On the road for more than a year, the band is at war with each other and Billy must keep them off the drugs, out of the bars and on the stage.
When lead singer Jet Kelly is poisoned, and drugs are discovered stashed in music equipment, the cops mark Billy Lime as a killer and drug-runner. In a story that twists and turns, Billy must fight for his reputation and – ultimately – for his life.
If you like Lee Child and Stieg Larsson, then you’ll love this cracking page-turner. The novel was shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Crime Writers Awards.
Find out why AMPLIFY is “guaranteed to get your pulse racing,” with 4.8 stars on Amazon and more than 40 reviews across Australia, the United States and UK.
Buy AMPLIFY today to find out if Billy Lime can keep the show on the road.
Watch the book trailer
The AMPLIFY: A Billy Lime Thriller book trailer video features The Pagan Virtue soundtrack,
written by Mark's eldest son Sam Hollands.
BILLY Lime is a charismatic icon of rock music whose world view and values have been shaped by a cut-throat industry, love of the underdog and the discipline of martial arts.
He’s a promoter, an impresario, a risk-taker, making fortunes fast and losing them just as quickly. Everything in his life is extravagant – penthouse, Lamborghini, motorbikes and women.
He throws outrageous parties for society’s elite, promotes the best acts from around the world – plies both with booze and prostitutes as part of his "vertically integrated" business model – and raises millions for charity.
His peers respect him but few have escaped his tough negotiation tactics. Women love him, not just for his success and reputation for a great time, but his rebel attitude and knuckle-biting figure he cuts in jeans and a leather jacket.
Billy began as a promoter of amateur boxing tournaments and soon began bank-rolling young bands in Sydney, then London and Los Angeles, including the then-little known American bad-boys, The Pagans of Virtue. He became their manager and turned them into a rock legend. In 2015, Billy quit as their manager to return to Australia, finalise a divorce and spend more time with his daughter Rebecca. In Sydney, he set up LimeGreen Music, an entertainment and band management company, with his best mate from school, Simon Green.
The Billy Lime novels follow Billy's adventures in sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and the criminal underworld.
A crime thriller set in the seedy world of the rock music business has been released by first-time novelist and long-time media executive, Mark Hollands.
What kind of books do you write?
Thrillers. Mine are focused on a central character, Billy Lime, who is a music promoter and entrepreneur. The first and coming novels are anchored in the music industry, which is undergoing tremendous change and challenge because of digital disruption. It has all the double-crossing bastardry and scheming that you’d expect in the entertainment industry.
Australian Crime Writers Association
Music promoter Billy Lime is in trouble.
The tour of rock legends, The Pagan Virtue, is the biggest in music history. Their concerts in Australia should be a career highlight if Billy can keep the warring musicians off the drugs, out of the bars and on the stage.