Out Now! The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime 11

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mammoth 11Edited by the legendary MAXIM JAKUBOWSKI  and includes my Warsaw set noir yarn RED ESPERANTO. (If you enjoy that BTW, pick up A CASE OF NOIR to see what happens next!) This is my third time in a MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST BRITISH CRIME so a big thanks to MAXIM!

Here’s the blurb:

This superb annual anthology of the year’s most outstanding short crime fiction published in the UK is now well into its second decade. Jakubowski has succeeded, once again, in unearthing the best short crime stories of English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish authors (along with a handful of US writers living in the UK, and some expatriate Brits). With this collection he showcases the impressive breadth of British crime writing, from cosy tales of detection to noir mayhem and psychological suspense and terror. There are puzzles to solve, nagging questions about the nature of British society, but, above all, there are over 40 wonderful, gripping stories to shock, delight and make you think twice, if not three times.

Contributors include Simon Kernick, Val McDermid, Alexander McCall Smith, John Lawton, Tim Willocks, Lee Child, Stephen Gallagher, Christopher Fowler, Peter Lovesey, David Hewson. New to this series are Will Carver, Christopher J. Simmons, Susan Everett, Tim Willocks, Dreda Say Mitchell, Kate Rhodes, Rhys Hughes, Paul Charles, Howard Linskey, Peter Guttridge, Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith.

Full list of contributors: Lee Child; Kevin Wignall; Will Carver; Paul Charles; Val McDermid; Paul Johnston; Alison Bruce; Tim Willocks; Maxim Jakubowski; Rhys Hughes; Edward Marston; N. J. Cooper; Michael Z. Lewin; Peter Guttridge; Mary Hoffman; Peter Tremayne; Kate Rhodes; Paul D. Brazill; Ros Asquith; Amy Myers; Alexander McCall Smith; Nina Allan; Peter Turnbull; Jay Stringer; Martin Edwards; Zoë Sharp; Col Bury; David Stuart Davies; Howard Linskey; Susan Everett; Christopher Fowler; Dreda Say Mitchell; Roger Busby; Simon Kernick; Peter Lovesey; David Hewson; Gerard Brennan; Jane Casey; Christopher J. Simmons; Stephen Gallagher; John Lawton.

You can get it here or at loads of other places, online or in real life book shops.

La supremazia della patata: Di sesso e di città: 1

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di sessoSotto le lenzuola del profondo nord europeo: dalla Stoccolma noir di Andrea Mariani con il suo “Sex Tape” alla Varsavia popolata di gangster e prostitute dipinta da Paul D.Brazill in “Rosso Esperanto. Fernando Coratelli ci invita a Mainz (“Lì dove niente può succedere”) fra letti disfatti, una donna fatale e alcuni misteri da svelare, tocca a “L’appartamento” di Batsceba Hardy introdurci in una Berlino misteriosa e teneramente orgiastica. Tenerezza e mistero che ne “L’escapista” di Eva Clesis ambientato a Praga si tingono di paranormale mentre a Cheb, Fausto Rampazzo con Ermione celebra la confessione collettiva in chiave erotica di “Solo peccati veniali”. Sarà invece il britannico Richard Godwin, con “L’ora segreta” a scegliere Londra per le avventure di uno spericolato seduttore nel mirino della malavita. Quanto alla Manchester di Cristiana Danila Formetta si consiglia di leggere il suo “Strangeways here we come”, un cocktail forte di sesso, amore e musica, ascoltando l’omonimo album degli Smiths.

L’autore

PAUL D. BRAZILL Nato in Inghilterra, da dieci anni vive in Polonia. È il curatore delle antologie Drunk On The Moon e (con Luca Veste) True Brit Grit. I racconti di Paul sono apparsi su dozzine di riviste e antologie internazionali, incluso The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime. EVA CLESIS Nata a Bari nel 1980. Ha pubblicato i romanzi A cena con Lolita (Pendragon, 2005), Guardrail (Las Vegas Edizioni, 2008), 101 Motivi per cui le donne ragionano con il cervello e gli uomini con il pisello (Newton Compton, 2010), E intanto Vasco Rossi non sbaglia un disco (Newton Compton, 2011). Parole Sante (Perdisa Editore 2013). FERNANDO CORATELLI È nato a Bari. Ha pubblicato i romanzi Altrotempo (Cadmo Editore, 2008), Quando il comunismo finì a tavola (CaratteriMobili, 2011) e La resa (Gaffi Editore, 2013). CRISTIANA DANILA FORMETTA È scrittrice e blogger.Nel 2011 pubblica il galateo erotico Sesso senza vie di mezzo per le Edizioni Pendragon. Ha scritto per le riviste “Blue” e “GQ”, e ha collaborato con il settimanale “Gli Altri”. Per Lite Editions ha pubblicato la raccolta Amanti e Caramelle e ha partecipato all’antologia Relazioni Pericolose in Cucina. RICHARD GODWIN È nato a Londra nel 1963. Ha insegnato Letteratura inglese e americana presso l’Università di Londra prima di diventare uno dei più affermati scrittori inglesi di genere poliziesco, noir e horror. Ha pubblicato moltissimi racconti e romanzi, fra cui Apostle Rising (Black Jackal Books, 2011) e Mr. Glamour (Black Jackal Books, 2012). Il suo sito personale è http://www.richardgodwin.net. BATSCEBA HARDY Risiede momentaneamente a Berlino. È scrittrice e fotografa dell’irrealtà. Un suo racconto è presente in: AA.VV., Cose Bulgare, tredici scrittori raccontano la “Bulgaria” (Linea BN Edizioni, 2011), ma con altri pseudonimi ha pubblicato romanzi horror, rosa, d’avventura e pacifisti. È stata tradotta in Spagna e ha tradotto in italiano molti autori stranieri. Suoi racconti compaiono e scompaiono in continuazione. Ha all’attivo varie mostre fotografiche in Italia e in Germania. ANDREA MARIANI è nato a Seregno nel 1977. Ha pubblicato il romanzo Ossarotte (Momentum Edizioni, 2011) e l’album musicale, scaricabile gratuitamente, Connessioni Colletive (Momentum Edizioni, 2011). Alcuni suoi racconti sono apparsi sul sito letterario “Torno Giovedì”. FAUSTO RAMPAZZO è nato a Roma nel 1958. Collabora con la scuola di scrittura creativa Omero. Ha pubblicato Don Giovanni Light (Bompiani, 2009).

Red Esperanto in The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime

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Ross esperanto with a DI’m more than somewhat chuffed to announce that my Warsaw set noir story Red Esperanto (which was translated into Italian as Rosso Esperanto) has been chosen for inclusion next year’s Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime, number 11 in the series.

This will be my third appearance in one of the Mammoth’s – Guns Of Brixton is in 8 and Who Killed Skippy? is in 10 – so a big thanks to Maxim Jakubowski for including the story and to Desideria Marchi and everyone else at Atlantis/ Lite editions for publishing it in the first place.

Red Esperanto is part of a seralised novel set in various European cities. The following chapters have been published so far: Red Esperanto, Death On A Hot Afternoon and The Kelly Affair, all  published by Atlantis (Also available translated into Italian.)

The next chapter-The Big Rain– is set in Toulouse and is out now.

Crime Book of the Year – The Alternative

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Death On A Hot Afternoon by Paul D. BrazillOver at McVoices – the Scottish writing website –Fiona Johnson says:

Who would you nominate for the ‘Alternative’ Crime book of the year – somebody not yet well known, needn’t be Scottish.

I’ll start the ball rolling with Paul D. Brazill and his Luke Case series, RED ESPERANTO, DEATH ON A HOT AFTERNOON and THE KELLY AFFAIR.

Which is very nice indeed!

Pop over here and read the full article.

MORTE A MADRID

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My most recent novelette, Death On A Hot Afternoon, has now been translated into Italian by those smart folk at Atlantis.

Morte A Madrid has a spanking new cover, tailored made for the Italian market, and you can get it here along with Rosso Esperanto and the English versions.

Or from Amazon.

Red Esperanto and Death On A Hot Afternoon are both now a pound/ dollar

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Red/ Rosso EsperantoRed Esperanto and Death On A Hot Afternoon, written by Paul D. Brazill and published by Atlantis, are part of a series of noir novelettes that are set in various cities around the world. (Also available translated into Italian.)

Red Esperanto: Warsaw.

In snow smothered Warsaw, boozy English hack Luke Case  encounters Jolanta, a beautiful young woman with a gangster husband.

Death On A Hot Afternoon: Madrid.

After the brutal events in Red Esperanto, Luke Case escapes Warsaw and heads off  to the heat of Madrid where he  meets a mysterious torch singer and an agreeing journalist with a violent past.

More Luke Case novelettes are coming soon …

What the reviewers say: death on a hot afternoon

‘Red Esperanto practically drips in the alcoholic sweat of the journalist Luke Case.’

‘Highly recommended for those of us who love to walk in the shadows and drink with the lost and dispossessed.’

‘Brazill will have you alternately wincing and laughing as you follow Case’s shambling wreck.’

‘A terrific short story and highly recommended.’

‘It’s a lovely and controlled bit of storytelling. It’s a fast, tight read – in and out and no messing about. Highly recommended.’

Warsaw Noir – All About Steve

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A Case Of Noir

One of the areas touched upon in the first chapter of my novella A CASE OF NOIR is the rather, louche and down-at-heel world of Warsaw’s ex-pat EFL teachers.

The ‘flotsam and jetsam of life’ that make their living teaching English in Poland’s capital.

To give you a further — and very noir — taste of that bitter-sweet life here’s All About Steve, a documentary that was made a few years ago by James Torr and Jonathan Walsh.

The focus of All About Steve is a teacher known as EFL Steve who mysteriously disappeared from Warsaw after claiming  he was being poisoned by a sinister group. As the mystery unravels we also get a good look at EFL life in Warsaw, and its various odds and sods.

Luke Case Gets Some BiLingual Love Action!

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Over at SEA MINOR, Nigel Bird takes a look at my Warsaw set novelette Red Esperanto and says:Rosso Esperanto

Red Esperanto  … practically drips in the alcoholic sweat of the journalist Luke Case, not to mention some of his other bodily fluids. ‘

Meanwhile, over in  Italy, LIBERI DI SCRIVERE have a gander at Red Esperanto‘s Italian translation, Rosso Esperanto.

They say:

‘Luke Case è un bel personaggio, ben caratterizzato, dotato di un’ aura dannata e romantica ma fondamentalmente simpatico che ritroveremo in altri 4 racconti della collana Atlantis.’

Which I’ve been told is also very nice!

There is more from Luke Case in my Madrid set novelette Death On A Hot Afternoon.

And it gets a great review from Kate Laity at  A KNIFE AND A QUILL.

She says:

‘I’m a sucker for Brazill’s singularly laconic style and his hapless heroes — or is it too grand to call them heroes? Main characters? Saps? No, they’re seldom suckers — just not particularly well prepared, thoughtful or lucky.’

Thanks to all of the reviewers!

And more … Red Esperanto is currently number THREE is the Predators & Editors Short Story Poll.

The International Noir Of Atlantis.

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ATLANTIS eBooks have launched a funky new website and a host of new titles.ATLANTIS is the dark spawn of Lite Editions, a highly successful publisher of erotic eBooks. With Atlantis, publishers Lorenzo Mazzoni and Marco Belli decided to produce a series of noir novelettes, taking place in various cities around the world.

Contributors to the series so far include Brit Grit and dark fiction writer Richard Godwin, whose lyrical and delirious The Secret Hour takes place in London. His follow up to The Secret Hour is called The Edge Of Desire and is set in Paris.

Here’s the blurb:

‘Paris Tongue is back with the sequel of The Secret Hour! From the pen of Richard Godwin a new perfect sexy noir set in France’s capital city … Not to be missed.’

Making his Atlantis debut with Lotus Blue is A.J. Savage ‘a writer who was born in England and lives in Japan. His writing has been published in True Brit Grit and Pulp Metal Magazine.

Here’s blurb:

‘Thailand is a loser’s paradise. Harry Marx is picking up the pieces of his life and looking for inspiration in the land of smiles. He finds it in Lotus Blue. But she is not what she seems to be. A sordid tale of brutal betrayal and a savage short story from A.J. Savage.’

And I’ve got a follow up to my Red Esperanto story called Death On A Hot Afternoon.

Here’s the blurb:

After Red Esperanto, Luke Case, freelance journalist, moves to Madrid from Warsaw. From the pen of Paul D. Brazill, a new short story as noir as ever.’

The novelettes are all available in Italian and English from ATLANTIS or the various Amazons and Barnes & Noble type places around the world.

Ciao!

Death On A Hot Afternoon – Out Now !!!

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Death On A Hot Afternoon by Paul D. BrazillA bit back , I wrote the novelette RED ESPERANTO/ ROSSO ESPERANTO for the hip Italian publishers ATLANTIS.

It’s the story of an English hack-Luke Case- up to no good in Warsaw, Poland.

Well, ATLANTIS  have now published a follow up – DEATH ON A HOT AFTERNOON– which takes Luke Case to Madrid, Spain.

The Italian translation will be available soon and you can  pick it  up from Amazon, B&N etc

You can also  buy it NOW direct from ATLANTIS, if it tickles your fancy.

There are plenty of other cracking books available from ATLANTIS too, from the likes of K A LAITY, A J SAVAGE, RICHARD GODWIN and MORE!

CIAO!

Rosso Esperanto by Paul D. Brazill (Out Now!!!)

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La notte invernale si era drappeggiata intorno all’Aleja Jana Pawla di Varsavia come un sudario, e un’affilata falce di luna garrotava il cielo nero come la morte. Io ero totalmente immerso nei postumi di una sbornia e cominciavo a sentirmi decisamente claustrofobico nell’angusto appartamento di Tatiana, intriso di sentore di deodorante.
Infilai le dita tremanti in una fessura fra le assicelle della veneziana polverosa e contemplai la costellazione di insegne al neon che delineava il viale ribollente di attività: sex shop, peep show, bar aperti 24 ore, rivendite di liquori e di kebab erano praticamente i soli edifici che riuscissi a vedere, a parte The Westin Hotel, con il suo vertiginoso ascensore di vetro. Il solo guardarlo mi faceva sempre contrarre un poco lo stomaco.
Mentre ricacciavo indietro un’acre ondata di bile, vidi un taxi nero bruciare un semaforo rosso e tagliare attraverso la strada, mancando di stretta misura un tram sferragliante. Una sirena della polizia prese a ululare, trapassandomi come uno stiletto la testa pulsante, poi una seconda auto della polizia si unì all’inseguimento e ben presto entrambe raggiunsero il taxi, deviando con uno stridio di ruote per fermarsi davanti a esso. Il conducente del taxi cercò a sua volta di arrestarsi, ma il veicolo scivolò sulla strada ghiacciata ed evitò a fatica un altro tram prima di bloccarsi sul marciapiede, davanti a un peep show dipinto a colori sgargianti. Un’alta bionda che indossava soltanto scarpe rosse a tacco alto e giarrettiera si affacciò sulla porta, vide le auto della polizia e tornò subito dentro, sbattendosi la porta alle spalle. ‘

Red Esperanto by Paul D. Brazill. Out now !!!

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Red Esperanto by Paul D. Brazill.


A new short story from Atlantis eBooks.


Out now at Amazon UK.


Available in Italian very, very soon.


Red Esperanto is part of a series of short stories, or novelettes, commissioned by the Italian publisher Lite Editions. Each story takes place in a different city. Red Esperanto takes place in Warsaw, Poland, a city I lived in for a few years.


Other writers contributing to this series include K A Laity and Richard Godwin.