Detectives Beyond Borders Gets The Cold London Blues

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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.’”

and

“Father Tim slammed one of them in the Adam’s apple with his fist and then kicked him in the groin.”

and

“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.’

Vic Godard’s ‘Cold London Blues’ Playlist

vic1Over 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! 

Michael Haskins Reviews Cold London Blues

Cold London Blues HaskinsOver 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!’

 

Recommended Read: The Death Of Three Colours by Jason Michel

the death of 3 coloursJonah 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.

Dave Wilde Reviews The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh paperbackOver 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.’

Warren Stalley Reviews Cold London Blues

cold london blues marky hewitt.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.’

Tony Black Reviews Cold London Blues

cold lodon blues kateOver 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.’
Read the rest HERE.

Short, Sharp Interview: J R Lindermuth

SharesTheDarkness2PDB: Can you pitch SHARES THE DARKNESS in 25 words or less?

The murder of a former classmate opens personal wounds as Officer Flora Vastine observes the cost of obsessive love and tracks the killer.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows do you wish you had written?

In books, Silence of the Lambs. Film: either Snatch or Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (love those caper films). TV, Homicide – Life on the Streets, David Simon‘s brilliant depiction of police work in Baltimore, Md. (Why aren’t the U.S. networks making more police procedural shows like this?). Music, dunno? Lots of good music in my lifetime and before.

PDB: Which of your books do you think would make great films or TV series?

Any of the Sticks Hetrick or Sheriff Tilghman series or Watch The Hour (But Follywood already did a film about the Molly Maguires and the plight of coal miners under the thumb of exploitive owners, so unlikely they’ll be inclined to do another).

PDB: Who are the great Ameican writers?

From the past: Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, among others. If I may be indulged, the best American crime writers from the past: Charles Willeford, Dashiell Hammet, Mary Roberts Rinehart and Ross MacDonald. Writers from the present: James Lee Burke, Harlan Coben, Jim Harrison, E. L. Doctorow, Amy Tann, Barbara Kingsolver.

PDB: What’s on the cards?

I’m not psychic enough to know, other than I hope to write many more books. Working simultaneously now on the 8th Sticks Hetrick and the 4th Sheriff Tilghman.

j r lindermuthPDB: Anything else?

A shout out for the latest in the Hetrick series, Shares The Darkness. Abbreviated blurb: Jan Kepler and Swatara Creek Police Officer Flora Vastine were neighbors and schoolmates, but never close.

When Jan, a school teacher, avid birder and niece of a fellow officer, goes missing and is found dead in a nearby tract of woods Flora finds herself thrust into the middle of an examination of the other woman’s life, as she searches for clues.

Bio: A native of Pennsylvania, USA, J. R. Lindermuth is a retired newspaper editor and the author of 14 published novels and a regional history. Shares The Darkness is the seventh in his Sticks Hetrick crime series.

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