“You’re born, you take shit. You get out in the world, you take more shit. You climb a little higher, you take less shit. Till one day you’re up in the rarefied atmosphere and you’ve forgotten what shit even looks like. Welcome to the layer cake, son.” – Eddie Temple, Layer Cake. The 1980s was the loadsamoney decade. TheContinue reading “Recommended Read: Layer Cake by JJ Connolly”
(THIS REVIEW FIRST APPEARED OVER AT CRIME FICTION LOVER) Emotionally battered and bruised by his most recent case, Detective Sergeant Pace leaves London behind, including his loving girlfriend and confidant Maeve, and returns to his rural hometown of Hinton Hollow – population 5,120 – in the hope of some sort of respite. But Evil follows himContinue reading “Recommended Read: Hinton Hollow Death Trip by Will Carver”
I’m over at Crime Fiction Lover talking about J J Connolly’s Layer Cake ,which is now 20 years old! Have a gander, if you fancy.
‘Brit grit author Paul D Brazill follows his 2018 novella Last Year’s Man with a return to Seatown, where we pick up the continuing story of hitman Tommy Bennett. Perched somewhere on the Northeast coast, Seatown is cold, wet and windy, the kind of place that makes your joints ache as you acquaint yourself with an ageingContinue reading “Crime Fiction Lover reviews Man Of The World”
Well, GUMSHOE BLUES: THE PETER ORD YARNS continues to garner some well tasty reviews. At THE HAUNTED PEN, David Burnham says: ‘Brazill’s descriptive work shines as he paints a written image of the colorful, memorable characters and places Ord encounters – pubs, bars, strip joints, cemeteries, and caravan sites to list just a few. IContinue reading “A Few More Top Reviews For Gumshoe Blues”
There’s a lot of it about … Over at TOE SIX PRESS, Sandra Ruttan asks me about Last Year’s Man and she reviews it too! She says: ‘I love an author who can engage me and surprise me and give me a complicated protagonist to root for. If you do too, you’ll find Last Year’s Man toContinue reading “An Interview And A Few Tidy Reviews For Last Year’s Man.”
Over at the splendid CRIME FICTION LOVER website, I contribute to their NEW TALENT NOVEMBER celebration with a little column about underground crime fiction writers. Of course, there are so many top writers around at the moment that I couldn’t mention all of them. But you can check out those I did mention here.
‘In his interview with us, Brazill referenced the Ealing comedies and Damon Runyon, and it is easy to recognise these as influences. The best of his work invokes a similar feeling of joy.’ Read the rest here.
CRIME FICTION LOVER says : ‘populated by a rogue’s gallery of scoundrels and swindlers with names like Half-Pint Harry and Anarchy Al, and their dirty deeds are done dirt cheap. The musical name dropping proves infectious thanks to the skill of the author, and the book is big fun to read.’ DETECTIVES BEYOND BORDERS saysContinue reading “A Couple Of Great Reviews For Guns Of Brixton”