Recommended Read : Canary by Duane Swierczynski

A teenage girl is arrested by the police and becomes an informant. Fast moving, smart, funny and touching, Canary is an action-packed joy. Here’s the blurb for Canary: ‘Every student needs a part-time job.Hers is hunting criminals. Sarie Holland is a good kid. An Honors student. She doesn’t even drink. So when a narcotics copContinue reading “Recommended Read : Canary by Duane Swierczynski”

Recommended Film: Bikini Blue

Bikini Blue is a touching historical drama that is set in post-war Britain and tells the story of Dora, ( Lianne Harvey) an English nurse whose Polish husband Eryk (Tomasz Kot) is in a mental hosptal suffering from PTSD, and hiding guilty secrets. Wrtten and directed by Jaroslaw Marszewski, Bikini Blue is beautifully shot andContinue reading “Recommended Film: Bikini Blue”


POLSKI NOIR: PAUL D. BRAZILL / MARTA CRICKMAR #pauldbrazill #supernaturalnoir #polskinoir ‘POLSKI NOIRRedaktorzy: PAUL D. BRAZILL / MARTA CRICKMARStrzały w ciemnościach Polski Noir ma na celu zapoznanie polskich czytelników czarnych kryminałów z międzynarodowym gatunkiem literackim zwanym noir flash fiction’

Recommended Film: How I Fell in Love with a Gangster

‘How I Fell in Love with a Gangster is a 2022 Polish film directed by Maciej Kawulski, written by Krzysztof Gureczny and Maciej Kawulski and starring Tomasz Wlosok, Aleks Kurdzielewicz and Antoni Królikowski.’ How I Fell in Love with a Gangster is fact-based, fast-moving, flashy, funny and a hell of a lot of fun!

Recommended Film: The Plagues Of Breslau

Patryk Vega’s The Plagues Of Breslau is an enjoyable and gruesome crime thriller held together by some very strong acting, particularly from former soap-opera queen Małgorzata Kożuchowska. ‘The Plagues of Breslau (Polish: Plagi Breslau) is a 2018 Polish crime thriller directed by Patryk Vega. It premiered on 24 November 2018. The title corresponds to the former name of Wrocław, whichContinue reading “Recommended Film: The Plagues Of Breslau”

My interview with Arco Van Ieperen. 

On Saturday 22 September, I took part in the Festiwalu Literatury Wielorzecze  in the town of  Elbląg here in Poland. Nick Sweeney and I were interviewed by Arco Van Ieperen.   Radek Obuchowski translated. Here is a version of that interview that I thought some of you might enjoy. Why did you choose the genre of Crime Fiction for your novels and short stories?Continue reading “My interview with Arco Van Ieperen. “

Brit Grit on the Laikonik Express

Brit Grit on the Laikonik Express – na Wielorzeczu po angielsku. On Saturday 22 September, I’ll be taking part in the Festiwalu Literatury Wielorzecze  in the town of  Elbląg here in Poland. I’ll be chatting with Nick Sweeney and  Arco Van Ieperen.   Radek Obuchowski will translate. Here’s some more information about the gig, in Polish: Po raz pierwszy w historii FestiwaluContinue reading “Brit Grit on the Laikonik Express”

David Nemeth interviews me at Do Some Damage

‘David: I enjoyed one of your latest books, “Last Year’s Man” which displays the wit in your writing. So, what makes Brits funnier than Americans? Kidding. A bit of a safer question, what is it that makes the English so damn funny? Paul: I think the Brits revel in our own ridiculousness, we know that life andContinue reading “David Nemeth interviews me at Do Some Damage”

Shots Of Polski Noir

For a country with such a relatively low crime rate, crime fiction is more than somewhat popular in Poland. Polish television is as cluttered with corpses as its British and US counterparts and if you walk into Empik, or any of the country’s many book shops, you immediately spot the kryminał and sensacja sections. TheContinue reading “Shots Of Polski Noir”

Nick Sweeney is at Polski Noir

TRANSAKCJA – NICK SWEENEY (PRZEŁ. ALEKSANDRA GUZIK) ‘Witek Galicki nie mógł tego wieczoru nazwać sukcesem. Kobieta uśmiechnęła się w sposób, który można by wziąć za zachętę, ale Witek zsunął się z niej delikatnie i uniósł rękę w przepraszającym geście. Odwrócił się tyłem i przysiadł na brzegu łóżka. „Nieudana transakcja” pomyślał.’ Read the rest here.

Recommended Read: Laikonik Express by Nick Sweeney

Nolan Kennedy teaches English in Istanbul. One day, Kennedy, the son of an unsuccessful American  Beat writer, accidentally finds out that  Don Darius, his main boozing partner, has been secretly writing a novel – and a bloody good one it is, too.  But Don has already upped sticks to Poland  so Keenedy decides to trackContinue reading “Recommended Read: Laikonik Express by Nick Sweeney”