BECAUSE THE NIGHT BY PAUL D. BRAZILL

Charles Crockford ’s footsteps echoed as he walked across the rusty, metal railway bridge. A steely fog had spread itself across Seatown and he could no longer see the trains creeping slowly below him although he could hear them. They seemed to rasp and groan. He walked carefully down the steps and paused at the…

New from All Due Respect: Man of the World by Paul D. Brazill

Buy the trade paperback from the Down & Out Bookstore and receive a FREE digital download of the book! Also available from the following retailers … Print: Amazon — Amazon UK — Barnes & Noble — IndieBound eBook: Kindle — Kindle UK — Nook — iTunes — Kobo — Play Synopsis … Ageing hit-man Tommy Bennett left…

Contraband by Liz Davinci

The song “Contraband” was originally called “Emergency”. One of the songs originally planned for the EP “Contraband” stopped breathing about 85% of the way to being done and I needed to write a new one – an “emergency” song. At first I didn’t want to give up on the originally intended song and it was…

Noir Classics: Those Who Walk Away – Patricia Highsmith by K. A. Laity

Don’t let the pull quote form Slavoj Zizek put you off. This too-little read classic by Highsmith is a cracking read. It’s suffused with an existential dread so thick you could cut it with a Derwatt paint knife. It starts in Rome and quickly moves to Venice, currently repopulated with swans and dolphins, which is…

Kiss Like a Fist by Graham Wynd

She had a mouth that could raise the dead. It had raised me plenty over the years, but I’d never been close enough to Rosaline’s orbit to do anything about it. Until tonight. I brought her a third martini and her tongue had loosened enough to share some sage advice with me as she leaned…

Neglected Noir: Bedelia (1946) by K A Laity

I finally got around to watching this because I am still (again, always) obsessing about Hannibal and the presentation I’ll be giving on it in April. What’s the connection? Show runner Bryan Fuller named a new character after her, Bedelia du Maurier (obviously the Rebecca author for the other half of her name). The novel…

If you have to say anything, say nothing at all by E F Fluff

On a little island on the edge of the world. That you’ll be tortured, degraded, humiliated, and ultimately, hardened to a strange faraway horizon point no one else will really understand; was something, we all, ultimately, later, laughed about. There was a time, where if these childhood experiences fractured you, to a point of inability…

Following the money – or not… by Tess Makovesky

I loved the first two seasons of Danish crime drama Follow the Money. It was different, it was involving, the characters were fun but believable. So when I saw, a few weeks back, that season three was coming to BBC4, I could hardly wait. But in the end, it was a disappointment.   What was…