A Couple Of Tasty Reviews For Guns Of Brixton

gobOver at Amazon.co.uk, essexgirl says GOB IsA bloody cracker… If you don’t have a sense of humour or are easily offended, don’t bother. If you want a cracking yarn, highly recommend.’

And at Lizzie Hayes’ Promoting Crime Fiction blog, Joanna Kennedy says ‘the comedic twists and witty use of language kept me engaged.’

Ta much!

Recommended Read: The Pact by Turlough Delaney

the pactSanty is fresh out of the slammer but is more than ready to wreak violent havoc, along with his drinking cronies Leo and Dean.

Delaney tells this smart tale of revenge by moving backwards and forwards in time and from different characters points of view.

More than the sum of each brilliant part,The Pact is a brutal, funny and cleverly weaved together slice of hard-boiled crime. A time bomb of tension.

I’m On The Telly


“Noir is closer to Laurel and Hardy than it is to Agatha Christie”

At the recent Alibi noir festival in Slovenia. Here’s me on RTV 4′s arts programme, Glasnik, talking about noir to journalist Petra Skok. With Renato Bratkovič, Neven Skgratic, Eddie Vega, Andrej Predin and the impression of Richard Godwin.

More about the festival soooon …


Short, Sharp Interview: Kalyan Lahiri

kolkataconundrumPDB: What’s going on now?
KL: Working on the next Orko Deb mystery. It’s also based in Kolkata and a lot of authentic old Kolkata is there. Of course there are murders and other crimes too. I am about one third through.
PDB: How did you research The Kolkata Conundrum?
KL: ‘The Kolkata Conundrum’ needed a lot of hard thinking to create the plot. The research was mostly checking up facts on the internet.
PDB: Of which of your publications are you most proud?
KL: This is my first published novel. In fact my first published work of fiction. And I am very proud of it.
PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme?
KL: Favourite film: Satyajit Ray’s second ‘Feluda’ thriller, ‘Joy Baba Felunath’ (re-titled ‘The Elephant God’).
Favourite book:Mark Twain’s ‘Huckleberry Finn’
Favourite song : Many really; it’s easier to mention the artistes like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Beatles, a lot of Bengali songs of the sixties and seventies.
Favourite Television programme: Seinfeld
PDB: Is location important to your writing?
KL: Although some of the locales in ‘The Kolkata Conundrum‘ are given fictitious names, they are actually places I know or maybe a mix of places I know. The setting is the city of Kolkata, its suburbs and a bit of rural Bengal. I have always believed crime fiction is an important vehicle of social commentary and thus the locale is often a ‘character’ by itself and therefore extremely important.  For the next novel I am actually revisiting familiar places to create the flavour of the location.
PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?
Darj14KL: Ha ha! Let’s give it a little more time.
PDB: What’s next?
KL: The next Orko Deb mystery, as I mentioned. And maybe followed by a set of Orko Deb short stories.

Bio: Kalyan Lahiri is from Kolkata. Having served his time in the banking world he has metamorphosed into a crime thriller writer. He likes to play tennis and bridge. And he is well on his way to becoming a senior citizen. He is now working on the next Orko Deb mystery.

Recommended Read: Gator Bait by Adam Howe

GATOR bait‘I fled the city: Two fingers short and sworn off dames for life.’

From its brilliant opening Adam Howe‘s short n sharp novella Gator Bait grabs you by the throat and drags you through the down and dirty world of 1930s Louisiana. A sleazy piano makes one mistake after another in this atmospheric, brutal and darkly comic  noir tale. I loved it.

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!

A Story For Sunday: A Twist Of Noir by Eric Beetner

Cormac Brown at A TWIST OF NOIRChristopher Grant‘s late great A Twist Of Noir was one of the first places to publish my yarns, and was the home to writing from all sorts of top crime crime writers. Including Eric Beetner who went all capricious when he came up with this:

‘Keith and Jake were two of the sorriest excuses for criminals you ever saw. Individually they couldn’t find their own asses with a flashlight and a map but together there was something about the yin and yang of the two opposites that held them together and made them a team.’

Read the rest HERE.