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Renato Bratkovic Reviews To Many Crooks

too-many-crooksOver at , The Big Bratkovsky says:

on February 12, 2017
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… when it’s Paul D. Brazill’s book, that is. It’s another great piece of noir literature by the man himself. He literally put the McGuffin into this one along with a bunch of other characters you’d expect to meet in a Brazill’s book. There can’t be too many crooks in his stories, so grab the book, become one of them and indulge yourself with a healthy dose of vivid imagery and laugh-out-loud word phrases.

Renato Bratkovič Reviews Cold London Blues

CLB---3d-stack_d400Over at GoodreadsRenato Bratkovič says:

‘When you grab a new book by Paul D. Brazill you never know what to expect – you do know, however, that you can expect a great deal of fun, excellent writing and funny characters. Cold London Blues is no different – a strange mix of characters and great dialogue and descriptions in a nicely written narrative won’t let you go until you get to the last page. You’ll find some great jokes, anecdotes and metaphors you’ll use in your pub conversations with friends and after that you’ll want some more Brazill.’


Out now! Exiles: An Outsider Anthology

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The all new version of Exiles: An Outsider Anthology – now published by Artizan– is out now!

‘A powerful short story collection edited by the Bukowski of Noir, Paul D. Brazill. Exiles features 26 outsiders-themed stories by some of the greatest crime and noir writers, K. A. Laity, Chris Rhatigan, Steven Porter, Patti Abbott, Ryan Sayles, Gareth Spark, Pamila Payne, Paul D. Brazill, Jason Michel, Carrie Clevenger, David Malcolm, Nick Sweeney, Sonia Kilvington, Rob Brunet, James A. Newman, Tess Makovesky, Chris Leek, McDroll, Renato Bratkovič, Walter Conley, Marietta Miles, Aidan Thorn, Benjamin Sobieck, Graham Wynd, Richard Godwin, Colin Graham, and an introduction by Heath Lowrance.

Grab it from, and every other Amazon.

Recommended Read: It’s All True (although it may not have happened) by Renato Bratkovič

it's all trueIt’s All True (although it may not have happened) by Slovenian writer  Renato Bratkovič is a short, sharp story collection that views the world askew.

Stand out stories for me are ‘Fat Fatale’, ‘High Midnight’ and ‘Bicycle Thieves’.

Like a strange hybrid of Gogol and Frederick Brown, It’s All True (although it may not have happened) blends noir, horror, black comedy and absurdity.

What Goes On? Hilton, Bratkovič


After a successful ten books run with a major publisher (Hodder), I’m about to embark on a scary new route with my Joe Hunter thriller series. Although I have amicably split with my publisher, and a few smaller publishers were keen to pick up the reins, I have decided to bite the bullet and use my own indie publishing arm to publish the next Joe Hunter thriller. It is called ‘No Safe Place’, and this time sees Hunter in the familiar role of protector, but he also gets an opportunity to exercise his detective skills this time out. After a violent home invasion, where his mother is killed, young Cole Clayton is now under threat by hostile forces, and Hunter agrees to protect the boy. But it’s soon apparent that Andrew Clayton, Cole’s father, knows more about the killer than he’s letting on, and his silence soon places the boy in the killer’s sights. The book will be released simultaneously in hardback, paperback and ebook on 31st May 2016.

Up next will be the second in my Tess Grey and Nicolas ‘Po’ Villere series, due for publication by Severn House Publishers on 28th August 2016, and this time finds the mismatched pair hunting for a missing woman who – while trying to avoid one danger – has fallen into a worse situation.

BIO: Matt Hilton is the author of the high-octane Joe Hunter thriller series, including his most recent novels ‘The Devil’s Anvil’ – Joe Hunter 10 – published in June 2015 by Hodder and Stoughton and Blood Tracks, the first in anew series from Severn House publishers in November 2015. Joe Hunter 11 – No Safe Place – will be published by Sempre Vigile Press May 2016; Tess and Po 2 – Painted Skins – will be published by Severn House in August 2016. Matt’s first book, ‘Dead Men’s Dust’, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers’ Debut Book of 2009 Award, and was a Sunday Times bestseller, also being named as a ‘thriller of the year 2009’ by The Daily Telegraph. Dead Men’s Dust was also a top ten Kindle bestseller in 2013.

Renato Bratkovič

it's all trueWell, my first book in English for your kindle is out. It’s All True (*Version*=1&*entries*=0) is a collection of eight transgressive and noir stories. Three of them (The Tie, You’re Not Sitting On Two Chairs! and High Midnight) were previously published in my first collection Ne poskušajte tega doma (Don’t Try This At Home, 2012) in Slovene, and later appeared in English: High Midnight in VegaWire Media’s Noir Nation 3, The Tie and You’re Not Sitting On Two Chairs! as bilingual singles, so called Artizan Doubles on Amazon. Dorian From The Pictures also exists as a Double on Amazon. The Tribe was published in Exiles: An Outsider Anthology (your Blackwitch Press) and Washed In Blood was my contribution at the first Alibi workshop. Fat Fatale and Bicycle Thieves are the freshest and have not been published yet, except online.
Dorian From The Pictures: A woman hires a detective to follow her cheating husband. He knows her husband. He knows hi too well.
The Tie: An advertising writer is fired and gets a tie as a reward for his contribution. Unfortunately this is not the worst thing that is going to happen to him.
Fat Fatale: An overweight teen confesses her unusual sexual practices to the social worker – she wants to try one more thing.
You’re Not Sitting On Two Chairs!: A writer has a writer’s block, plus his wife finds out he’s been cheating on her. He denies everything, of course.
The Tribe: The professor’s activism causes the rise of the wall around The City and he ends in the psychiatric hospital, but his followers haven’t abandoned him. A policeman has to get as much information from him as possible.
Washed In Blood: He said the first time was the hardest. To kill a guy, for instance. The second time it becomes routine.
High Midnight: A modern version of Oedipus Rex, written as a test, how far I dare to go writing in the first-person singular. Pretty far, I guess.
Bicycle Thieves: What happens when a guy rides a bike to rob a post office and finds out his bike was stolen in the meantime? Well, visit Amazon and find out. 🙂
Well beside lagging humbly behind Conrad, Nabokov, Hage and Hemon I have a couple of publishing projects. Drunk On The Moon (*Version*=1&*entries*=0) has just been rereleased as an Artizan Double on Amazon, and this autumn, the Slovenian version of Apostle Rising by the Dark Lord Godwin is finally going to see the light.
And yes, the Alibi ( is happening this year again, so some of my energy is invested into the second edition of the festival.
Bio: Renato writes for the Swiss-owned Med-Tech company, blogs at, and writes fiction whenever he can. He lives in Slovenska Bistrica (Slovenia) with his family.

Alibi International Crime/ Noir Festival

alibiALIBI is the first Slovenian festival of Crime&Noir literature in idyllic Gora pod lipo. It’s organised by Gora, Artizan advertising agency and publishing house (concept and communication), Hotel Jakec (lodging for guest writers) and Tednik Panorama(media sponsor).

And I’ll be there at the end of September, along with Richard Godwin, Eddie VegaAndrej Predin, Neven Škrgatić.

Find out more about it at the website and like the Facebook page if you fancy.