Recommended Read: Broken Dreams by Nick Quantrill

Nick Quantrill’s Broken Dreams is a cracking book. It’s the story of a Private Investigator following a muddy and bloodstained trail through a battle scarred Northern city. PI Joe Geraghty- like his hometown Hull-  has both taken many a good kicking and is trying to get back on his feet. Broken Dreams is realistic and romantic –…

The Best Of Brit Grit 2016

Well, 10 of the best, anyway. There were a few other Brit Grit gems I also read in 2016 that I really enjoyed. If I had to pick one book to personify The Best Of Brit Grit this year, it would probably be Marwick’s Reckoning by Gareth Spark. However, in no particular order, here are…

Have A Brit Grit Christmas!

I asked a bunch of Brit Grit writers about their favourite Christmas book, film and song, and this is what they said: Martina Cole: Well my favourite Christmas book has to be John Updike and Edward Gorey’s ‘The Twelve Terrors of Christmas.’ Film has to be Lon Chaney as The Wolfman. I love old horrors…

Recommended Read: The Dead Can’t Talk by Nick Quantrill

Power, corruption and lies would be a suitable sub-heading for Nick Quantrill’s hard-hitting crime novels. In The Dead Can’t Talk, as in his cracking Joe Geraghty trilogy, Quantrill tells the story of a criminal investigation which digs below the city of Hull’s surface to reveal a dirty underbelly. The Dead Can’t Talk introduces us to…

Crime Uncovered: Private Investigator

I’m very pleased to contribute an interview with the splendid Nick Quantrill to the latest in the Crime Uncovered series. Here the skinny: ‘The private investigator is one of the most enduring characters within crime fiction. From Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade— the hard-boiled loner trawling the mean streets—to Agatha Christie’s Captain Hastings—the genteel companion in…

Guns Of Brixton: Update

As you may well  know, last year my comic crime novella GUNS OF BRIXTON was published as an eBook by the great BYKER BOOKS – as part of their Best Of British series- and did pretty well, in the UK at least. And I am more than somewhat chuffed to announce that I have recently…

Top Tips: Recommended Reads

Tony Black – The Lost Generation Four sharp slices of life that underline Tony Black’s strong storytelling skills. The Lost Generation is the dreamlike tale of an ex-pat in Paris; Take It Outside is the raw story of an ex-con coping with life outside prison; First Day In The Job is an ‘angry young man’…

Short, Sharp Interview: Nick Quantrill

PDB: What the hell is The Crooked Beat? On the one hand, it’s my latest Joe Geraghty novel. Geraghty is now a former Private Investigator looking for a new purpose, but when his brother finds himself mixed up with a missing consignment of smuggled cigarettes, it’s time to get back to work. “The Crooked Beat”…

Recommended Reads. June 2013

Richard Godwin – One Lost Summer Richard Godwin’s masterful One Lost Summer is a sweltering, intense noir set amongst London’s rich and powerful.  A claustrophobic, psychological study of obsession and loss, voyeurism and sex, with echoes of Simenon, Highsmith and Hitchcock. Col Bury – The Cops Of Manchester Another hard-hitting and realistic collection of flash…

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 Grit…

Off The Record 2- At The Movies is Out Now !!!

Off The Record 2- At The Movies is an anthology of 47 short stories, based on film titles, from some of the  best and most bad-bum writers around. And all proceeds go to charity. Find out more in my latest Brit Grit Alley column which is, as usual, over at Out Of The Gutter Online.

SHORT, SHARP INTERVIEW: NICK QUANTRILL

PDB: Can you pitch your latest publication, “Bang Bang You’re Dead”, in 25 words or less? NQ: It’s about the decisions a young man makes when he’s released from prison. Some are easier made when you have a gun in your pocket… PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently? NQ:…