REVIEW: Man of the World by Paul D. Brazill

Review of Man of the World by Paul D Brazill
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Man of the World is out now with All Due Respect, who are purveyors of mighty fine low life literature. Brazill’s book felt a bit like if Guy Ritchie had directed The Ladykillers (1955 version)… It’s a Brit-Grit belter laced with music to die for. Concentrated razor-sharp dialogue, lyrical dynamics and poetry are all in …

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REVIEW: Bad Bastards by Paul Heatley

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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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REVIEW: He Died With His Eyes Open by Derek Raymond

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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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REVIEW: MOTEL WHORE & OTHER STORIES by Paul Heatley

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‘WARNING – CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE, SEXUAL CONTENT, AND SCENES OF VIOLENCE. SHOULD NOT BE READ BY ANYONE.’ So reads the back cover shout line. I got a giggle, glance and uptight squint from a few people who noticed this, and the title, when reading it in public. A book can be a good person filter. …

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THRILLING DETECTIVE on ‘Untethered’

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Kevin Burton Smith of THRILLING DETECTIVE gives us an insightful look into UNTETHERED’S protagonist. EXTRACT BELOW, READ IN FULL ON THRILLING DETECTIVE SITE [HERE] John Barrie (not his real name) – created by John Bowie. A former British soldier who spent time in Northen Ireland in Special Forces, twenty-seven year old JOHN BARRIE (not his …

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REVIEW: SAVAGE LANE by Jason Starr

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”JASON STARR’S SAVAGE LANE IS A BEAUTIFUL-UGLY, CHARACTER-RICH AND MULTI-LAYERED EXPLOSION OF MIDDLE CLASS SUBURBAN PARANOIAS…” – Bristol Noir   I opened the Hitchcock-esque cover of JASON STARR’S book, stylishly produced by NO EXIT PRESS, and found a receipt from the previous person who had had a go at reading it. It was left in …

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