Sunday, 18 May 2014

GUEST BLOG: A Case of Noir by Paul D. Brazill

Have you ever walked out of the door and wanted to keep on walking? To get into your car and just drive, drive, drive? Or maybe wander down to the train station and get the next train to …well, anywhere? Anywhere but …here, of course. Because life is elsewhere. Real life is always somewhere else, isn’t it?

Luke Case – the hapless protagonist of A Case Of Noir - moves from city to city because he has to, though. He’s a man on the run, on the lam.

The five chapters of A Case Of Noir are as follows:

Red Esperanto (Warsaw)
Death On A Hot Afternoon (Madrid)
The Kelly Affair (Granada)
The Big Rain (Toulouse)
One Of Those Days In England (Cambridge)

And it goes a little like this:

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 decidedly criminal business proposition. On a short trip to stormy Toulouse, he encounters a blast from the past that is positively seismic which forces him to return to England and confront his past.

'Blood, guts and menace cheek-by-jowl with laughs: what could be better?' K A Laity, author of White Rabbit.


:: Paul D. Brazill is the author of A Case Of Noir, Guns Of Brixton and Roman Dalton - Werewolf PI. 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 8,10 and 11, 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. His blog is here.