Recommended Reads: Nick Kolakowski, Jason Beech, Matt Phillips.

Nick Kolakowski – Boise Longpig Hunting Club There’s a bounty hunter and his missing guns. There’s Aryan assassins and there’s Zombie Bill. And there’s more! Nick Kolakowski’s Boise Longpig Hunting Club is a terrific read. A great blend of hard-boiled pulp fiction and high-octane action thriller. Pow! Jason Beech- City Of Forts.  A group of kidsContinue reading “Recommended Reads: Nick Kolakowski, Jason Beech, Matt Phillips.”

Recommended Read: Slaughterhouse Blues by Nick Kolakowski

Fiona and Bill – the stars of Kolakowski’s cracking debut A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps – are  lovers on the lam  from New York gangsters The Rockaway Mob. Bill is hiding out in Havana and Fiona is taking a job in Nicuragura when they are tracked down. Mayhem and violence quickly ensue. Like A Brutal BunchContinue reading “Recommended Read: Slaughterhouse Blues by Nick Kolakowski”


From my decidedly faulty memory, I’ve picked 5 crime fiction books, films and TV shows that I enjoyed in 2017. There were others, of course, and plenty of pleasures outside the genre too – The Love Witch, Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, and Damnation, for example. Anyway, here you go: FILM DOG EAT DOG IContinue reading “FIVE CRIME FICTION FAVOURITES FROM 2017.”

Recommended Reads: April 2017

Some recent faves … The Things I Love Will Kill Me Yet by Rob Pierce Rob Pierce is surely the noir Raymond Carver. In this brutal and brilliant short story collection you’ll find a veritable cornucopia of tightly written and gritty tales of people living on the razor’s edge of life. Highly recommended. Fun CityContinue reading “Recommended Reads: April 2017”

Short, Sharp Interview: Nick Kolakowski

PDB: Can you pitch SOMEBODY’S TRYING TO KILL ME in 25 words or less? Noir short stories: Stolen rifles! Murderous supermodels! Vengeful old ladies! People breaking into prison! Broke Brooklyn writer plays detective and pays for it, bloodily! PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows do you wish you had written? In terms ofContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: Nick Kolakowski”

Nick Kolakowski Reviews The Last Laugh

Over at, Nick Kolakowski says: ‘ 5.0 out of 5 stars  The Best of Brit Noir.  Paul D. Brazill is one of the best practitioners of Brit Noir working today. Even his worst scumbags are relatable and all too human. They joke, they die, they torture one another, they come up with schemes that seem allContinue reading “Nick Kolakowski Reviews The Last Laugh”

Nick Kolakowski Reviews Cold London Blues

Over at Goodreads, Nick Kolakowski says: ‘A fantastic book that combines some of the best elements of Brit noir. If you’re a fan of films like ‘Sexy Beast’ or anything Mike Hodges did over the past thirty years, you’ll find a lot to like in these pages. At the same time, though, Brazill’s voice isContinue reading “Nick Kolakowski Reviews Cold London Blues”

Recommended Read: Somebody’s Trying to Kill Me: 17 Noir Tales by Nick Kolakowski

In Somebody’s Trying to Kill Me – the fantastic novella that this collection takes its title from- a down-on-his-luck writer is asked to help out an old friend and is quickly and violently dragged out of his depth. The collection is worth it for this story alone. Somebody’s Trying to Kill Me is full of great characters, sharpContinue reading “Recommended Read: Somebody’s Trying to Kill Me: 17 Noir Tales by Nick Kolakowski”