Recommended Reads. June 2013

Richard Godwin – One Lost Summer Richard Godwin’s masterful One Lost Summer is a sweltering, intense noir set amongst London’s rich and powerful.  A claustrophobic, psychological study of obsession and loss, voyeurism and sex, with echoes of Simenon, Highsmith and Hitchcock. Col Bury – The Cops Of Manchester Another hard-hitting and realistic collection of flashContinue reading “Recommended Reads. June 2013”

Brit Grit Alley Guest Columnists

Over the next few weeks I’ll be hosting a handful of  carefully selected guest columnists over at Out Of The Gutter Online’s Brit Grit Alley. Last week, Nigel Bird had a gander at the BBC’s new series, Ripper Streer. This week,  Richard Godwin is down Brit Grit Alley talking about Finance and Criminal Profit. AndContinue reading “Brit Grit Alley Guest Columnists”

Top Tips: Recommended Reads

Car Wash Blues by Michael Haskins. Journalist Mick Murphy takes his girlfriend’s car to a car wash and gets caught up in a bloody shoot-out. And then things really get out of hand as a couple of Mexican drug cartels descend on Murphy’s sedate Key West home intent on killing Murphy and his friends. CarContinue reading “Top Tips: Recommended Reads”

What The Hell Is Brit Grit ?

  America may well be the  official home of pulp and noir but the United Kingdom, long  perceived as the land of tame Dame Agatha style cozies and stuck-up, Latin quoting police detectives, also has a grubby underbelly which has produced plenty of gritty crime writing. And there is a new wave of Brit GritContinue reading “What The Hell Is Brit Grit ?”

OUT NOW – PROTECTORS : STORIES TO BENEFIT PROTECT

’41 stories. One cause: PROTECT 100% of proceeds go to PROTECT and the National Association to Protect Children – the army fighting what Andrew Vachss calls “the only holy war worthy of the name,” the protection of children. We’ve rallied a platoon of crime, western, thriller, fantasy, noir, horror and transgressive authors to support PROTECT’sContinue reading “OUT NOW – PROTECTORS : STORIES TO BENEFIT PROTECT”

True Brit Grit

True Brit Grit is out now! “The BRIT GRIT mob is coming to kick down your door with hobnailed boots. Kitchen-sink noir; petty-thief-louts; lives of quiet desperation; sharp, blood-stained slices of life; booze-sodden brawls from the bottom of the barrel and comedy that’s as black as it’s bitter—this is BRIT GRIT!” 45 British writers, 45Continue reading “True Brit Grit”

True Brit Grit At The Cinema And On TV

A bit back, I wrote an article for The Sabotage Times about Brit Grit television. I took a gander at three shows in particular, Public Eye, Gangsters and Cracker. All were in-your-face, hard-hitting crime dramas from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s respectively. And now, it looks like a bunch of the writers that have contributedContinue reading “True Brit Grit At The Cinema And On TV”

TRUTH LIES BLEEDING BY TONY BLACK

  The protagonist of Tony Black’s previous four novels is Gus Dury-a boozy  journalist turned private eye. Dury is an antisocial, cantankerous, stroppy, trouble maker who lives on the cusp of catastrophe. Black’s newest novel, however, is a police procedural  featuring  Edinburgh cop Rob Brennan, a family man. So, you may be forgiven for thinkingContinue reading “TRUTH LIES BLEEDING BY TONY BLACK”