Luke Case, the story so far …
Edited 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.
Sotto 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.
I’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.
Over 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!
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, 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.)
In snow smothered Warsaw, boozy English hack Luke Case encounters Jolanta, a beautiful young woman with a gangster husband.
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 …
‘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.’
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.
Over at SEA MINOR, Nigel Bird takes a look at my Warsaw set novelette Red Esperanto and says:
‘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.
‘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!
‘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.
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.’
‘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.’
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.
It’s the story of an English hack-Luke Case- up to no good in Warsaw, Poland.
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!
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.