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”

Recommended Film: The Land

The Land (2021) is either an anthology of short, sharp films or a collection of bitter vignettes, or maybe even both! Four directors and writers have put together a veritable cornucopia of tales.   The stories are often very violent, sometimes grotesque and gory, occasionally touching and tender, and frequently laugh-out-loud funny.  And regularly allContinue reading “Recommended Film: The Land”

Recommended Film: Supernova

Not to be confused with the recent Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster, Bartosz Kruhlik‘s 2019 film is a brutal but gripping Polish drama which is short, sharp and completely engrossing. The acting throughout is first class but the standout performance is from Marcin Zarzeczny who is stunning as the drunkard whose wife leaves him in the hopeContinue reading “Recommended Film: Supernova”

Recommended Film : Hiacynt

Operation Hyacinth (Hiacynt) is a 2021 crime fiction film directed by Piotr Domalewski and written by Marcin Ciaston. Set in Poland in the late ’80s, Operation Hyacinth is a stripped-down, taut and gripping police procedural that tells the story of a murder investigation that digs up some dark, well – buried secrets. Power, curruption andContinue reading “Recommended Film : Hiacynt”

Recommended Film: Fisheye

Fisheye is gripping and emotional, full of sharp twists and turns, and with a phenomenal central perforamance from Julia Kijowska. “Fisheye” directed by Michal SzczesniakRunning time: 97 minutesProduction: Poland 2020 ‘A young biotechnologist, who has just made a groundbreaking discovery of a method to cure cancer, is kidnapped right outside her doorstep. In order toContinue reading “Recommended Film: Fisheye”


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: 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”


And so it came to pass … I’ve pretty much given up proper blogging: reviews, interviews, etc. Mainly because I find it quite hard work, and I’m more than somewhat idle. I recently started a Substack site, mainly to repost flash fiction, but I lost interest soon enough. So, I thought I’d try to postContinue reading “THIS/THAT/ & THE OTHER: OCTOBER 2021”

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”

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.