Recommended Read: Layer Cake by JJ Connolly

“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”

Short, Sharp Interview: Howard Linskey

PDB: Congratulations on the deal with Penguin. How did that come about? HL: Thanks. I’d been working on a new book with some different characters and my agent, Phil Patterson at Marjacq, sent it out to publishers. One of the first to read it was Emad Akhtar at Penguin Random House and, luckily for me, he really liked it. They completed the deal duringContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: Howard Linskey”

What The Hell Is Brit Grit ?

  America may well be the  official home of pulp and noir but the United Kingdom, long  perceived as the land of tame Dame Agatha style cozies and stuck-up, Latin quoting police detectives, also has a grubby underbelly which has produced plenty of gritty crime writing. And there is a new wave of Brit GritContinue reading “What The Hell Is Brit Grit ?”

Short Sharp Interview: J J Connolly

J J Connolly wrote the classic London crime novel Layer Cake over a decade ago. Since then it’s become a thing of legend and was adapted for the big screen, starring Daniel Craig. Now he’s back with a  sequel –Viva La Madness. We had  natter. PDB: In true Hollywood style, can you pitch Viva La Madness in 25 words or less? JJC:  VivaContinue reading “Short Sharp Interview: J J Connolly”