|Paul D. Brazill|
And I had plenty of cracking titles to choose from and reject, too – London Calling (done to death), London’s Burning (reminded me of the naff TV show about firemen), Guns On The Roof ( a silly song about when The Clash were told off for shooting pigeons with an air rifle), Somebody Got Murdered (too obscure), The Last Gang In Town (close, close ...) Police & Thieves (Maybe ...)
I’ve been to Brixton man, times. When I lived in London I was more than somewhat partial to visiting the Brixton’s cracking cinema, the Ritzy Picturehouse- which, on screen, was the only place I ever saw any guns there. But somehow the title had to be Guns Of Brixton, written and sung by the Clash’s coolest member, bass player Paul Simenon.
Not one of my favourite Clash songs for sure but there was something about the scary lyrics - ‘When they kick out your front door /How you gonna come?/With your hands on your head. Or on the trigger of your gun’- and cod reggae feel that seemed to suit a faux London gangster story down to the ground.
So, Guns Of Brixton is out now from Byker Books.
Here’s what they have to say:
"When the simple task of collecting a briefcase from a Northern courier in his London lock-up results in a dead Geordie gangster there's only one thing that Kenny Rogan can do...dress up in drag and rob a jewellers with Big Jim and hope everything turns out okay! From the pen of Paul D Brazill comes a whole host of larger-than-life characters, a sharp plot and the kind of humour you wouldn't let your granny read."
And here’s what a few of those writer types say:
"Sharp as a stiletto in a back alley, this is a muscular, outstanding London gangster novel told in a cockney accent. Brazill has caught both the feel of London's underworld and its flavour. Like the offspring of a wild night out between The Stranglers and The Clash this pounds with music, contemporary cultural references and a real feel for the city. Funny, dark, vernacular and savage this novel leads you to a set of punches that would knock out a heavyweight and appropriately they're not delivered according to the Queensberry rules."
-Richard Godwin author of One Lost Summer, Apostle Rising and Mr Glamour.
"Strap yourself in for a violent and funny ride full of thrills, spills and kills. It's Brazill at his irrepressible best."
-Nick Quantrill author of Broken Dreams, The Late Greats & Bang, Bang, You're Dead!
"Charlie Williams meets Pulp Fiction."
-Ian Ayris, author of Abide with Me and A Day In The Life Of Jason Dean.
You can pick up Guns Of Brixton as a ridiculously cheap eBook at Amazon and Amazon UK.
:: Paul D. Brazill is the author of Gumshoe and Guns Of Brixton. He was born in England and lives in Poland. He is an International Thriller Writers Inc member whose writing has been translated into Italian, Polish and Slovene. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 8 and 10, alongside the likes of Ian Rankin, Neil Gaiman and Lee Child. He has edited a few anthologies, including the best-selling True Brit Grit - with Luca Veste.