The body lay hidden
covered by a sandy shawl.
My shoes went in
and then legs, buckling.
The rancid air escaped
and days old sand,
sea and decay blew out
over the new.
‘I never meant to catch him there, high up by the crotch like that. I wanted to kill the bastard; then again, I never was much of a shot.’
The last thing she wanted as she flicked on the telly and set the Jameson’s down was to hear the phone, then came the Chief Inspector’s distinctive voice.
A short interview with Paul Heatley, author of An Eye for an Eye series, Fatboy, Motel Whore (& other stories) and Bad Bastards which is out now with FAHRENHEIT PRESS. ABOUT PAUL HEATLEY ‘Paul Heatley writes noir. His fiction is dark and bleak, populated with misfits and losers on a hellbound descent, often eschewing genre …
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‘Tonight will be the first time I kill a man. I don’t want to kill him, but can’t disappoint her. She’s the only friend I have. ‘
Max’s Filipino Taxi Dancehall was a real shithole… And it didn’t have a dance floor.
“Time for good times, you’re thinking. Chance to use her sister’s bed.”
“When they came back, Jodie’d been dead for a few days.”
Indie punk publisher Fahrenheit Press produce noir gems, passionately disrupting the industry and marketplace en-route. Paul Heatley’s ‘Bad Bastards’ embodies this spirit perfectly inside and out. A dark noir stripped of fat; beautifully crafted and presented – punching primal buttons relentlessly with each word – it’s visceral, fierce and dark. Raw punchy lines deliver optimum …
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The Long-Legged Fly by James Sallis My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Long-Legged FlyOff the back of a couple of Derek Raymond’s ‘Factory Series’ books; it fitted me well. With an enticing balance of heavy drinking, broken, interesting characters it had me hooked fast… I was a fan after the first paragraph – by …
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‘A metaphysical and noir masterclass of a book.’ I hadn’t read any Derek Raymond or Robin Cook before. So, I had no or low expectations – I really enjoyed this though. The police procedural felt irrelevant; an ambient background tool. The protagonist would have been as dark and on a mission if a P.I., …
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