A Case Of Noir Is Out Now!

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A Case Of Noir

In snow smothered Warsaw, Luke Case, a boozy English hack with a dark secret, starts a dangerous affair with a gangster’s wife. Case escapes to the sweltering Spanish heat where he meets a colourful cast of characters, including a mysterious torch singer and a former East End villain with a criminal business proposition. While in stormy Toulouse, he encounters a blast from the past that is positively seismic which forces him to return to England and confront his past.

A Case Of Noir is a strong shot of blackly comic international noir from Paul D. Brazill.

You can get the eBook of the rebooted A CASE OF NOIR (NEAR TO THE KNUCKLE) from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and any other Amazon. The paperback is on its way.

A Case Of Noir by Paul D. Brazill is Out Now!

CaseOfNoir-06 (3)In snow smothered Warsaw, Luke Case, a boozy English hack with a dark secret, starts a dangerous affair with a gangster’s wife. Case escapes to the sweltering Spanish heat where he meets a colourful cast of characters, including a mysterious torch singer and a former East End villain with a criminal business proposition. While in stormy Toulouse, he encounters a blast from the past that is positively seismic which forces him to return to England and confront his past.

A Case Of Noir is a strong shot of international noir from Paul D. Brazill. Bio: Paul D. Brazill was born in England and lives in Poland. He is the author of Guns Of Brixton (Caffeine Nights Publishing). His writing has been translated into Italian, Polish and Slovene. He had had stories published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime 8, 10 and 11 – alongside the likes of Lee Child, Ian Rankin and Neil Gaiman. He also edited the best-selling anthology True Brit Grit, along with Luca Veste, He contributes to Pulp Metal Magazine and has a regular column – Brit Grit Alley – at Out Of The Gutter Online. He is a member of International Thriller Writers Inc. You can usually him on Twitter and Facebook.

A Case Of Noir is published by Lite Editions and is available  in paperback from Amazon, Amazon UK and a few other joints.

The Big Rain at Amazon.

the-big-rain.jpgMy Toulouse set noir short story THE BIG RAIN is up at the various Amazon‘s of the world.

Here’s the skinny:

Luke Case is back!

In stormy Toulouse, Luke encounters a blast from the past that is positively seismic. The Luke Case series is as noir as you would expect from International Thriller Writer’s member Paul D. Brazill

The Big Rain is part of a seralised novel set in various European cities. 
 
The following chapters have been published so far: Red Esperanto (Warsaw), Death On A Hot Afternoon (Madrid), The Kelly Affair (Granada), The Big Rain (Toulouse) all written by Paul D. Brazill and published by Atlantis. (Also available translated into Italian.)

Out now! ! ! The Big Rain by Paul D. Brazill.

The Big RainRed Esperanto: Warsaw. In snow smothered Warsaw, boozy English hack Luke Case  encounters Jolanta, a beautiful young woman with a gangster husband.

Death On A Hot Afternoon: Madrid. After the brutal events in Red Esperanto, Luke Case escapes Warsaw and heads off  to the heat of Madrid where he  meets a mysterious torch singer and an aging journalist with a violent past.


The Kelly Affair:
Granada. The third chapter of Luke Case‘s wanderings around Europe takes him to Granada where he interviews a former East End villain and his own murky past starts to crawl out of the woodwork.

The Big Rain takes place in Toulouse.

Red Esperanto in The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime

Ross esperanto with a DI’m more than somewhat chuffed to announce that my Warsaw set noir story Red Esperanto (which was translated into Italian as Rosso Esperanto) has been chosen for inclusion next year’s Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime, number 11 in the series.

This will be my third appearance in one of the Mammoth’s – Guns Of Brixton is in 8 and Who Killed Skippy? is in 10 – so a big thanks to Maxim Jakubowski for including the story and to Desideria Marchi and everyone else at Atlantis/ Lite editions for publishing it in the first place.

Red Esperanto is part of a seralised novel set in various European cities. The following chapters have been published so far: Red Esperanto, Death On A Hot Afternoon and The Kelly Affair, all  published by Atlantis (Also available translated into Italian.)

The next chapter-The Big Rain– is set in Toulouse and is out now.

Crime Book of the Year – The Alternative

Death On A Hot Afternoon by Paul D. BrazillOver at McVoices – the Scottish writing website –Fiona Johnson says:

Who would you nominate for the ‘Alternative’ Crime book of the year – somebody not yet well known, needn’t be Scottish.

I’ll start the ball rolling with Paul D. Brazill and his Luke Case series, RED ESPERANTO, DEATH ON A HOT AFTERNOON and THE KELLY AFFAIR.

Which is very nice indeed!

Pop over here and read the full article.

News, Updates etc

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Well, both of the  noir novelettes that I wrote for the Italian publisher Atlantis are now available from Amazon. In English and Italian.

You can get Red Esperanto and Death On A Hot Afternoon here.

I’ve recently finished a third story in the series. This is set in the Spanish city of Granada and should be published sometime in April.

The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime 10 is NOW available for purchase.

The latest in Maxim Jakubowski’s anthology series includes stories from Neil Gaiman, Lee Child, Tony Black, Richard Godwin, Col Bury, Paul Johnstone, Nick Quantrill, Steve Mosby, Ian Ayris and me, amongst others. My story, Who Killed Skippy? was first published in issue one of Noir Nation.

The eighth edition of The Mammoth Book Of  Best British Crime also includes a yarn from me called Guns Of Brixton– which was first published in CrimeFactory.

Guns Of  Brixton has been developed into a novella and will be published in May by Byker Books as part of their Best Of British series. ‘A sweary Ealing Comedy.’

And sometime in March or early April, Pulp Metal Fiction will be publishing another novella, called The Gumshoe. ‘Dostoevsky meets Tony Hancock.’

And I’ve a few  more irons in the fire too. It’s all happening!

Red Esperanto and Death On A Hot Afternoon are both now a pound/ dollar

Red/ Rosso EsperantoRed Esperanto and Death On A Hot Afternoon, written by Paul D. Brazill and published by Atlantis, are part of a series of noir novelettes that are set in various cities around the world. (Also available translated into Italian.)

Red Esperanto: Warsaw.

In snow smothered Warsaw, boozy English hack Luke Case  encounters Jolanta, a beautiful young woman with a gangster husband.

Death On A Hot Afternoon: Madrid.

After the brutal events in Red Esperanto, Luke Case escapes Warsaw and heads off  to the heat of Madrid where he  meets a mysterious torch singer and an agreeing journalist with a violent past.

More Luke Case novelettes are coming soon …

What the reviewers say: death on a hot afternoon

‘Red Esperanto practically drips in the alcoholic sweat of the journalist Luke Case.’

‘Highly recommended for those of us who love to walk in the shadows and drink with the lost and dispossessed.’

‘Brazill will have you alternately wincing and laughing as you follow Case’s shambling wreck.’

‘A terrific short story and highly recommended.’

‘It’s a lovely and controlled bit of storytelling. It’s a fast, tight read – in and out and no messing about. Highly recommended.’

Warsaw Noir – All About Steve

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A Case Of Noir

One of the areas touched upon in the first chapter of my novella A CASE OF NOIR is the rather, louche and down-at-heel world of Warsaw’s ex-pat EFL teachers.

The ‘flotsam and jetsam of life’ that make their living teaching English in Poland’s capital.

To give you a further — and very noir — taste of that bitter-sweet life here’s All About Steve, a documentary that was made a few years ago by James Torr and Jonathan Walsh.

The focus of All About Steve is a teacher known as EFL Steve who mysteriously disappeared from Warsaw after claiming  he was being poisoned by a sinister group. As the mystery unravels we also get a good look at EFL life in Warsaw, and its various odds and sods.

Luke Case Gets Some BiLingual Love Action!

Over at SEA MINOR, Nigel Bird takes a look at my Warsaw set novelette Red Esperanto and says:Rosso Esperanto

Red Esperanto  … practically drips in the alcoholic sweat of the journalist Luke Case, not to mention some of his other bodily fluids. ‘

Meanwhile, over in  Italy, LIBERI DI SCRIVERE have a gander at Red Esperanto‘s Italian translation, Rosso Esperanto.

They say:

‘Luke Case è un bel personaggio, ben caratterizzato, dotato di un’ aura dannata e romantica ma fondamentalmente simpatico che ritroveremo in altri 4 racconti della collana Atlantis.’

Which I’ve been told is also very nice!

There is more from Luke Case in my Madrid set novelette Death On A Hot Afternoon.

And it gets a great review from Kate Laity at  A KNIFE AND A QUILL.

She says:

‘I’m a sucker for Brazill’s singularly laconic style and his hapless heroes — or is it too grand to call them heroes? Main characters? Saps? No, they’re seldom suckers — just not particularly well prepared, thoughtful or lucky.’

Thanks to all of the reviewers!

And more … Red Esperanto is currently number THREE is the Predators & Editors Short Story Poll.

The International Noir Of Atlantis.

Death On A Hot Afternoon by Paul D. Brazill

ATLANTIS eBooks have launched a funky new website and a host of new titles.ATLANTIS is the dark spawn of Lite Editions, a highly successful publisher of erotic eBooks. With Atlantis, publishers Lorenzo Mazzoni and Marco Belli decided to produce a series of noir novelettes, taking place in various cities around the world.

Contributors to the series so far include Brit Grit and dark fiction writer Richard Godwin, whose lyrical and delirious The Secret Hour takes place in London. His follow up to The Secret Hour is called The Edge Of Desire and is set in Paris.

Here’s the blurb:

‘Paris Tongue is back with the sequel of The Secret Hour! From the pen of Richard Godwin a new perfect sexy noir set in France’s capital city … Not to be missed.’

Making his Atlantis debut with Lotus Blue is A.J. Savage ‘a writer who was born in England and lives in Japan. His writing has been published in True Brit Grit and Pulp Metal Magazine.

Here’s blurb:

‘Thailand is a loser’s paradise. Harry Marx is picking up the pieces of his life and looking for inspiration in the land of smiles. He finds it in Lotus Blue. But she is not what she seems to be. A sordid tale of brutal betrayal and a savage short story from A.J. Savage.’

And I’ve got a follow up to my Red Esperanto story called Death On A Hot Afternoon.

Here’s the blurb:

After Red Esperanto, Luke Case, freelance journalist, moves to Madrid from Warsaw. From the pen of Paul D. Brazill, a new short story as noir as ever.’

The novelettes are all available in Italian and English from ATLANTIS or the various Amazons and Barnes & Noble type places around the world.

Ciao!