What could be nicer than that? Runaround … now!
Here’s what he says:
‘Pulp fiction at its hilarious, irreverent best…
For all the numerous and largely excellent crime books I’ve read this year, I can’t remember any offering raising quite as many smiles as this one. In Guns Of Brixton, Paul D Brazil creates a series of windows into the various weird, violent and thoroughly dysfunctional worlds of London’s underground. The plot centres around a pair of flawed heavies, Kenny Rogan and big Jim Lawson, who whilst pursuing a particularly valuable briefcase for their boss, mad Tony Cook, inadvertently manage to blow away one Half-pint Harry, the right-hand man of a north-eastern mobster. To compound matters, whilst carrying his corpse off in the back of their motor, they decide to carry out a robbery in drag, after which they crash their car then lose the briefcase to the son of an east-end rival of their own mad boss. Confused? No need to be, but even if you are it doesn’t really matter, because the ride is everything in this compelling and hilarious read. Every character that turns up along the ride is vividly drawn, none better than the murderous Father Tim, the mob priest who doubles up as a hit-man. There are various strands of subplot weaving throughout, but the key story centres around Mad Tony Cook’s personal holy grail, the silver briefcase with the glow, which may well be a nod to the excellent 1955 Micky Spillane-based, film noir, ‘Kiss Me Deadly’. The dialogue is littered with slick one-liners and the ending is suitably gross, rampant with irreverent humour. Pulp fiction at its absolute best.’
GNS: Caffeine Nights have just released my debut novel Snatched from Home plus a short story collection which allows readers to meet the police team in Snatched from Home. I’m also now able to announce that Snatched is to be made into a stage play and featured as part of the Manchester Arts Fringe.
PDB: How did you research this book?
GNS: I did my research in reverse. Once the first draft was complete, I toured the locations featured and researched other details then fed the information in. Mr Google is my research assistant.
PDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?
GNS: It has to be Snatched from Home as I’ve got a real book for sale in my local bookshop. Having said that, its sequel I Know Your Secret will probably eclipse it if accepted for publication.
PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme?
GNS: Die Hard / HMS Ulysses / Welcome to the Jungle / Game of Thrones
PDB: Is location important to your writing?
GNS: It’s important to me, but it’s just one of many factors. A great location can’t rescue a poor character or lazy plotting although it can destroy a novel if patently wrong. Every element of writing is crucial and all require careful consideration to make them as good as they can be, lest the story as a whole suffers.
PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?
GNS: Sorry what was the question? I was just checking my Amazon rankings. Joking aside, I check once every day or two.
PDB: What’s next?
GNS: I’m working on my own edits of a new series I’m hoping to have published. It is about nightclub doorman who ends up chasing a seriously twisted serial killer and is set in Utah.
Bio: Graham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. For the last fourteen years he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com for over five years.
‘He wasn’t a Geordie,’ said Kenny, resting on a barrel and wiping the sweat from his forehead with his sleeve.
‘Eh?’ said Big Jim, as he took the hose pipe and sprayed water around the garage.
‘Half-Pint Harry. He wasn’t a Geordie, was he? He wasn’t from Newcastle. He was from Sunderland, James. He was a Mackem, wasn’t he?’ Kenny said.
‘What’s a fucking Mackem when it’s at home?’ said Big Jim.
‘A Mackem is to a Geordie what a Canadian is like to an American. Like margarine to butter. Like Spurs to Arsenal. A bit like a decaffeinated Geordie,’ said Kenny, chuckling to himself. He coughed up a lump of phlegm, spat and wiped his mouth with his sleeve.
‘The North’s all the fucking same to me,’ said Big Jim. ‘Never been further north than Dagenham, myself. And I didn’t like that much.’
‘I wholeheartedly agree,’ said Kenny. ‘Mushy peas, black pudding, Pease -pudding, fishy-wishy-fucking-dishy. I usually start to hear the banjos from Deliverance as soon as I get north of Finchley.’
Guns Of Brixton (published by Caffeine Nights Publishing) is out NOW as a paperback and as an eBook. You can get it from from loads of places including Barnes & Noble, Caffeine Nights Publishing, WHSMITH, Waterstones,Foyles, Amazon and Amazon UK.
‘Guns of Brixton’ is a taut story wrapped around the possession of a briefcase with mysterious contents. Told from disparate viewpoints it follows a bunch of unwieldy yet utterly believable characters as they get dragged into an ever worsening situation.
It is with these characters, Brazill shows his greatest skill as an author. Each is portrayed with an artist’s eye for detail which in turn makes the ‘Guns of Brixton’ a compelling read.’