Category Archives: Poland

Pre-order A Case Of Noir for 99p!

a-case-of-noir-n2tkThe eBook of the all-new A CASE OF NOIR is available for pre-order and it’s only 99p!

Here’s the blurb:

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.

You can grab it from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and any other Amazon that takes your fancy. The paperback is on its way.

Updates, News Etc

There’s a lot of it about.

First up, the paperback of TOO MANY CROOKS is out now! You can grab it at BARNES&NOBLE, AMAZON, and a few other places, I’m sure,

Also, the paperback of COLD LONDON BLUES is now available from Amazon.com 

A CASE OF NOIR will soon be given a reboot from those classy folk at NEAR TO THE KNUCKLE. It should be out early on in March.

SHOTGUN HONEY will be publishing one of my yarns in early March. It’s called SMALL TOWN CREED.

NICK SWEENEY is over at POLSKI NOIR  at the moment.

My latest BRIT GRIT ALLEY column is up at OUT OF THE GUTTER ONLINE.

And I currently have a guest blog – and eBook giveaway – over at DEBBI MACK’s CRIME CAFE where I talk about flash fiction. Check out KISS.

A Film For Friday: Grace Of My Heart by Allison Anders.

 

One of the things I did during my brief jaunt to The Big Apple in 2001 was to walk from Times Square- where I was staying – and down Broadway to place my hand on the Brill Building. And I did. It was a hot summers day and I burnt my hand.

It’s a fantastic looking building, of course, but that wasn’t the reason for my pilgrimage.

You see, not a lot of people know this- not even Michael Caine – but once upon a time, I wanted to be a songwriter. Indeed, after the band Oceans 11 split up in the mid ‘80s, me and guitarist Peter Ord decided to write songs together. Like Bacharach and David. Goffin and King, Fagan and Becker. But, of course, nothing came of it.

In the 1960s the Brill Building, though, was a hit factory that  housed some great songwriters. Including the ones that I mentioned above plus Paul Simon, Laura Nyro and more.

And Allison Anders’  wonderful  Grace Of My Heart is the story of that era, that great period of musical creativity. Well, it’s a fictional amalgam of a couple of people’s stories-mainly Carole King, I think – and it’s a gem.

Music is by Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Burt Bacharach and others and it’s a smashing story, very well told, with fine performances from Ileana Douglas, John Turturro, Matt Dillon and others.

Uwaga ! Polski Noir

kasia krakowPolski Noir ma na celu zapoznanie polskich czytelników czarnych kryminałów z międzynarodowym gatunkiem literackim zwanym noir flash fiction.

Polski Noir is a new crime e zine that aims to introduce international noir flash fiction to Polish readers.

The editors are Marta Crickmar and I.

The first story is live. It’s one of mine.

The Tut / Cyk is by Paul D. Brazill and translated by Martyna Bohdanowicz

There are more stories to come from Patti Abbott, K A Laity, David Malcolm, Richard Godwin and more.

(Photo (c) Kasia Martell)

Recommended Read: Death Can’t Take A Joke by Anya Lipska

death can't take a jokeWhen London based Polish private eye Janusz Kiszka’s close  friend is violently murdered, he decides to track down those responsible. Meanwhile, Detective Natalie Kershaw is trying to find  out the identity of  an apparent suicide victim. As in Lipska’s previous novel, Where The Devil Can’t Go, their investigations collide.

The second  Kiszka & Kershaw crime thriller is even better than the first. The plotting is as tight as a snare drum, the characters are realistic and likable,  the dialogue is sharp.  Gripping, gritty but never grim, Death Can’t Take A Joke  is also very funny, the humour coming naturally from the well-drawn characters’ interactions.

Great stuff.

Recommended Read: Cold Blood by Alex Shaw

cold bloodAidan Snow, a retired SAS trooper who is now teaching English in Kiev, is hauled back into action to confront Bull, the man who almost killed him in Poland 10 years earlier.

Alex Shaw’s Cold Blood is an immensely enjoyable and tightly written international spy thriller. The story moves from character to character and place to place with ease, and the glimpses of ex-pat life in Kiev are particularly enjoyable. Snow is a very likable action hero and Bull is a terrific bad guy. Smashing stuff.