Recommended Read: Slug Bait by Tom Leins

‘The sky above the Dirty Lemon is the colour of diseased lungs. Fat clouds swirl above the pub, and the bronchial sky erupts as I push through the double-doors – bullets of rain thudding into the wheelchair ramp behind me.’ The first paragraph of Slug Bait – Tom Leins’ latest Paignton Noir Mystery – is…

Tom Leins Reviews Last Year’s Man

Over at his Dirty Books blog, Tom Leins, the grittiest of all Brit Grit writers, says: ‘The rumpled, world-weary triggerman – with a long memory, and an even longer list of health complaints – is a perfect conduit for Brazill’s quirky storytelling style, and the story itself (think Get Carter played for laughs) allows him…

Recommended Read: Snuff Racket by Tom Leins

Hapless Paignton PI Joe Rey is hot on the trail of a rare and much sought after ’70s Giallo video film when he is quickly dragged down into a whirlpool of violence and sleaze. Tom Leins’ Snuff Racket is even better than his debut Skull Meat. There’s blood, guts, cracking one-liners and a hell of a lot of…

Roman Dalton Gets A Couple Of Top Reviews

Over at Amazon.co. uk, Chloë Yates reviews DRUNK ON THE MOON: A ROMAN DALTON ANTHOLOGY and says: ‘Cracking stuff. You won’t be sorry, but you will be throughly entertained.’ And Tom Leins takes a gander at THE NEON BONEYARD: A ROMAN DALTON YARN and says: ‘The Neon Boneyard is a snarling supernatural crime yarn from Brit-grit power…

Stone Me, What A Life! – Tony Hancock

They say that all small boys are influenced by their big brother’s music collection, and while that may well be true of me, I was also influenced by my family’s taste in other forms of entertainment.  Luckily I grew up in a time when television and radio weren’t as youth focused as they are now…

Recommended Read: Skull Meat by Tom Leins

Joe Rey is a small town tough-guy-for-hire who digs himself deeper and deeper into the mire when he takes on a job for ageing gangster Marie Andretti. Tom Leins‘ ‘Skull Meat’ is Brit Grit at its grittiest. Ulra-violent, foul-mouthed, atmospheric, hilarious and choc-full of great lines.  I loved it!

Short, Sharp Interview: Tom Leins

PDB: Can you pitch SKULL MEAT in 25 words or less?   A deranged seaside noir about a PI who gets dragged into a violent running battle with an obese sex trafficker called Swollen Roland. In Paignton!   PDB: Who are the great British writers?   Good question – albeit one I’m not best equipped…

Updates! An Interview, A Review, and Tony Hancock

Over at SOLARCIDE I’m interviewed by NATHAN PETTIGREW and talk about TOO MANY CROOKS, London, boozing and more. Pubs and alcohol are main characters in your work. When an idea for a story comes to you, does it already start in that setting? Are your characters already there having drinks when they are first conceived?…

Short, Sharp Interview: Tom Leins

PDB: Can you pitch This Book Ain’t Nuttin to Fuck with: A Wu-Tang Tribute Anthology in 25 words or less? Tremendous hip-hop inspired collection edited by Christoph Paul and Grant Wamack. My story, INCARCERATED SCARFACES, is a Paignton Noir remix of Van Damme’s Death Warrant!  PDB: Which music, books, films, songs or television shows do…