Recommended Read: Dead Heat With The Reaper by William E. Wallace

dead heatWilliam E. Wallace’s Dead Heat With The Reaper consist of two marvelous hard-boiled crime novellas.

The first, Legacy, is the story of Frank Trask, a retired steel worker who wakes up in hospital and is told that he has cancer. In the second story, The Creep, a nurse encounters a scarred war veteran who lives in her apartment building.

Both stories are hard-hitting with well-drawn, realistic characters. And they are also both full of warmth and compassion for people living on the fringes of mainstream society.

Dead Heat With The Reaper is another gem from All Due Respect books.

Recommended Read: Love You To A Pulp by C S DeWildt

love you to a pulpGlue sniffing private eye Neil Chambers is hired to track down a small town pharmacist’s errant daughter and things very quickly spiral violently out of control.

In Love You To A Pulp, CS DeWildt  cleverly balances old school pulp fiction – pushed to the max – with a lyrical country noir/ coming-of-age story. Both story strands are smartly tied together in the book’s breathlessly violent conclusion.

Great stuff!

The Wrong Crowd at All Due Respect 7

adr 7The seventh issue of the splendid ALL DUE RESPECT MAGAZINE is out now and includes my review of Richard Godwin‘s latest crime novel Wrong Crowd. 

And what else? Well there’s …

‘More kick ass crime fiction than you can handle from Ray Zacek, Joe L. Murr, Math Bird, Matthew J. Hockey, Brian Haycock, and Frank Byrns. Plus interviews with Patti Abbott and Kjetil Hestvedt, reviews, and a sneak peek at Eric Beetner’s upcoming novella, Nine Toes in the Grave.’

Recommended Read: All Due Respect Magazine 6

adr 6The sixth issue of All Due Respect Magazine is another beaut slice of pure hardboiled fiction.

You get gamblers, wrestlers, bank robbers, juvenile delinquents, drunks, and double crosses galore. Every story is a gem but Wayne Kershaw Goes to Church by C.J. Edwards is particularly good and is as noir as it gets.

The magazine is, as usual, rounded off with some terrific reviews of  some tasty crime fiction and is highly recommended.

Recommended Read: Crooked Roads by Alec Cizak

The stories in Alec Cizak’s Crooked Roads are brilliant, brutal and poignant. crooked roads

There is the classic small town noir of ‘State Road 33’ and ‘My Kind Of Town’, hard-boiled revenge in ‘A Matter Of Time’, the delirium driven ‘Methamphetamine and a Shotgun’ and the downright nasty ‘Little People.’, And more.

Crooked Roads is an unflinching look at life on the edge.

CLIP: The Bucket List by Paul D. Brazill

adr 1He grabbed the remainder of Butler’s corpse by the legs and dragged it along to a gap in the railings, leaving a snaking trail of blood. He checked once again to see that no one was watching. It was just after dawn and everywhere was deserted. Out at sea, a lone fishing boat, adorned with fairy lights, rocked on the waves.

Quigley picked up Butler’s body and effortlessly hauled it onto the rocks below. A moment of vertigo and he steadied himself by holding onto the wet railings. Closed his eyes. Waited a moment. Shivered and yawned. Fumbled with the unopened packet of Marlboro  in his coat pocket, opened it and then decided to wait.

Soaked by the early morning sea spray, he fastened his black overcoat tightly. The cold autumn wind blew harder still and he pulled a flat cap from his pocket, put it on his shaved head and set off along the promenade, slouched with Sisyphean resignation. His meeting with Marta wasn’t until noon and he still had plenty of time to head back to The Seaview Hotel and catch a short nap, if he could. Another yawn crept out of him.

 Quigley decided to take a short cut across the muddy town moor, the rain now attacking him from all sides. He jolted alert, a hand immediately on the pistol in his coat pocket, as he noticed an old woman wearing a bright headscarf and yellow anorak heading towards him, gauchely propelled by a pair of Nordic walking sticks. Her head was down and she was listening to an old pink Sony Walkman. Without looking up, she barged straight into him, jabbing him in the foot with one of the walking sticks.

‘Sorry, luvvie,’ she said in strong local accent.

‘No problems,’ growled Quigley. He hadn’t spoken to a soul for the last three days and his throat was like sandpaper. His foot began to burn.

Their eyes locked for a moment and there was a flicker of recognition there but the woman seemed to dismiss whatever thought passed through her mind as ridiculous and continued on her way. Quigley watched as she disappeared down the cobblestone alleyway that led up to St Hilda’s church. She stopped at the church gate and turned back to look at him. He took a moment of cruel satisfaction in the fact that Lydia Mulcahy had aged so much – and so badly – but realised that it was only a matter of time now before word of his return would spread across the town like cancer. He would have to expedite his plans. He limped toward the hotel feeling ever older with each step but also with a sense of resignation, like before the break of a particularly fearsome storm.

Rear the rest of The Bucket List in the first issue of All Due Respect magazine which also includes stuff from Chris F. Holm, Todd Robinson and more.

Get it here!

Recommended Read: Jungle Horses by Scott Adlerberg

jungle horsesMy first encounter with Scott Adlerberg’s writing was the short story The Gulf in the second issue of All Due Respect magazine, and great stuff it was too.

I’d been looking forward to reading Jungle Horses for a while and it certainly didn’t disappoint. There are two parts to the book. In the first, numb cuckold Arthur is back in post-war Britain gambling away his days until his winning streak ends. And then the story twists off into something else entirely. Both section of the book drip with atmosphere. Both are gripping.

Jungle Horses by Scott Adlerberg is a marvelously well-written hybrid of noir and magic-realism. Something different and something special.

Recommended Read: All Due Respect Magazine 5

adr 5The latest issue of ALL DUE RESPECT magazine is a knockout.

Edited by Chris Rhatigan and Mike Monson, ADR is proving itself to be one of the best pulp magazines on the market. Even though they publish my stuff!

The magazine opens with Broken Prayer, an atmospheric and very well written novel excerpt from Steve Weddle– who is interviewed by Jed Ayres later in the magazine. This is a very tasty slice of what is sure to be a beaut book.

Next up is Keith Rawson’s marvelous Alkaline – a delirious and blackly comic road trip. A kind of noir primal scream.

My story The Last Laugh is next, and after that is  Angel Luis Colon with the story of a gambler whose luck runs out. A classic slice of hardboiled fiction.

Garnett Elliot‘s story is as gritty as can be and a great look at life at the bottom. Great characters and a perfectly pitched ending.

Gabino Iglesias gives us a tale of waking up in a motel with a mashed up face. A cracking story, full of atmosphere, great images and cruel humour.

Joe Sinisi’s The Faces Of The Dead Ones is a brutal but touching love story which ends the magazine’s fiction section with a bang.

As usual, ALL DUE RESPECT magazine finishes with an interview- the aforementioned Weddle/ Ayres double act – and a fistful of interesting reviews of books from the likes of Donald Westlake and Nigel Bird.

The fifth issue of ALL DUE RESPECT magazine is well worth your time and cash.

The Last Laugh reviewed at Regular Guy Reading Noir

adr five-472x748The fifth issue of ALL DUE RESPECT magazine has been reviewed at the blog REGULAR GUY READING NOIR.

Here’s what he says about my story THE LAST LAUGH:

‘ Paul D Brazill joins the party with a great tale of revenge. His main character, Godard, has his eye on revenge and retribution against a bent copper from his past. After getting the location of his adversary through the forceful beating of another old nemesis, the story really gets dark. Like I said before, hard to pick a favorite from this great collection, but this one certainly would be in my top choices. Excellent story!’

Read the rest of the review here and check out the blog, if you get a chance.

The Last Laugh in All Due Respect Magazine

adr 5I was very pleased to have a story in the first issue of ALL DUE RESPECT MAGAZINE and am also pretty damned chuffed to have a new one The Last Laugh in the fifth  issue. Here’s the blurb: ADR‘s heads to the Bayou with an excerpt from Steve Weddle‘s upcoming novel Broken Prayer and an interview with the Needle editor. More of the mean, gritty crime fiction we’re known for from Keith Rawson, Paul D. Brazill, Angel Luis Colón, Garnett Elliott, Gabino Iglesias, and Joe Sinisi.

ADR 5 is out now!

Short, Sharp Interview: Phil Beloin Jnr

revenge is a redhead.PDB: What’s going on now?

All Due Respect Books has just published my novella, Revenge Is A Redhead.

PDB: How did you research this book?

By ingesting too much pulp and noir over the years.

PDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?

I like how this novella came out.

PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme?

Out Of The Past. Pop. 1280. Baba O’Riley. Star Trek (TOS).

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

I have to be at my desk, or I’m lost.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

Too much at home. Can’t at work.

PDB: What’s next?

Another pulpy novella, a lot lighter than this last one.

Bio: Phil Beloin Jr. is the author of the crime novel, The Big Bad, and Revenge Is A Redhead. He lives in Connecticut.