I have a new slice of flash fiction over at Spelk Fiction.
‘Wayne leaned against his car and opened a packet of Menthol cigarettes. He lit up and stared into the distance at the pitch black lake. His thoughts drifted into memories.’
Read the rest of The Odds and the Sods here.
At his splendid blog, Peter Rozovsky say:
‘Back in December 2014, I praised Paul Brazill‘s Guns of Brixton for not pretending to be “anything but a comic romp, a kind of high-spirited musical without music, albeit one full of violence, the threat thereof, and all sorts of unpleasant bodily effluvia, whether the result of gun blasts or not.”
I’m not yet finished reading that novel’s follow-up, the brand-new Cold London Blues, but a few snippets suggest that this one will be as much fun as GOB:
“A group of drunken middle-aged men in Manchester United football shirts staggered out of a Thai restaurant shouting racial abuse at an angry looking chef who was chasing them out and wielding a machete.
“‘Ah, Northern scum,’ said Tim. ‘Cultural ambassadors.’
“‘Indeed,’ said Gregor, in the clipped RP English usually only found in 1940s public information films. ‘Unfortunately, at certain times of year, they infest the streets of this great city like lice.’”
“Father Tim slammed one of them in the Adam’s apple with his fist and then kicked him in the groin.”
“Kamilla grinned and head-butted him.”
Add an occasional jab at Cool Britannia and at noisy cafés, and I feel like I know England even better than I do when I’m there.’
Over at the ALL DUE RESPECT blog you can get a little taster of COLD LONDON BLUES, if you’re that way inclined.
Check it out here.
Over at Vic Godard‘s Soundcloud page, Gertie Grocott has put together a Cold London Blues playlist. She says:
‘This is a playlist I’ve put together to celebrate the publication of Paul D Brazill‘s latest Brit Grit Noir adventure ‘Cold London Blues’. Why for this book you may ask, well you may notice the title and chapter titles are all Vic Godard songs! Except ‘What’s The Matter Boy‘, which is a line from ‘The Devil’s in League With You’.
Check it out here!
Over at Amazon.co.uk, ace crime writer Michael Haskins says:
‘I am a fan of Paul Brazill and ordered from Amazon.UK so I could read this book before it’s US release date. And I am glad I did. The gritty writing captures characters that don’t seem to realize their world isn’t the world. Brazill uses character, weather and action to capture a side of London most don’t see, with characters most don’t want to run into at a pub. His dialogue is honest and often tough but always believable!’
Jonah H. Williams is cyber- crook, a wheeler and dealer on the dark web. He awakes from a typically heavy boozing session to find that his precious crucifix has been stolen by the previous night’s pick-up. And things spiral on down from then on as we encounter Bill – a bent ex-copper, drug smugglers, AK-47s, Ukrainian bikers, suicide, paranoia, betrayal, lust, love, loyalty, friendship, romance, nihilism, more paranoia, The Second Law Of Thermodynamics, Santa Muerte – Our Lady Of Last Resorts, an owl, and a cat called Vlad The Bastard. And then there’s Milton …
Jason Michel’s The Death of Three Colours is just great. It’s a richly written, gripping, noir-tinged crime thriller that is full of lyricism, flights of dark fancy and cruel humour. His best book yet.
Over at Amazon.com, Dave Wilde says:
‘Reading Brazill’s Last Laugh is a bit like finding yourself in an episode of the British version of Shameless after a night of pub crawling and wondering how the hell you found yourself there. Pubs, drinking, blokes, tough guys, drunks, cheats, comedians, East European whores, and some rather off-color jokes fill out this volume. To me, this book is as much about the atmosphere and the mood and the poetry of the pub as it is about the plot in these stories. Some of the stories easily morph into each other and the mood of being slightly off-kilter is always there. There are passages in here you might want to read more than once. The characters and the material are so rich.’
Over at Amazon.com, Chis Rhatigan says:
‘An American celebrity’s comic book collection is stolen and chaos ensues. That chaos involves seedy bars, flotsam and jetsam, and dark humor. It’s PDB people–sit back and enjoy the ride.’
Over at Amazon.co.uk , he says:
‘When a truck full of valuable vintage superhero comic books is stolen this is just the tipping point for author Paul D Brazill to weave a London based crime tale full of crooks, criminals, cops and conmen laced with his usual witty one liners and black humour. Cold London Blues is the sequel to Mr Brazill’s earlier work Guns of Brixton featuring many of the same memorable characters, some bizarre new ones and with plenty of knowing references to previous Brazill stories. To summarise any fan of Paul D Brazill will delight once again in his inimitable style, humour and imagination but for novice readers I’d say that they are best to start with the Brixton novella first. Enjoy.’
Over at his PULP PUSHER blog, top crime writer Tony Black says:
‘ Brazill is a writer I’ve followed for a few years now. He writes about the kind of edgy, street scrapper that I go for. His stories move like a crack whore on roller skates too – that’s fast and in directions you don’t tend to see coming.
COLD LONDON BLUES is no exception. It opens with perhaps the best first-par I’ve read all year. The first par is a novel’s storefront, if it doesn’t draw you in, the writer’s failed. I’m not going to recount it here, buy the book ffs! But let’s just say it gets out the blocks like Usain Bolt.
The pace never falters from there. A stream of London lowlives come and go, each illuminating their own share of the darkness. There’s wisecracks, soundtracks and spades of humour.’