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 criminal business proposition. In stormy Toulouse, he encounters a blast from the past that is positively seismic which forces him to return to England and confront his past. A Case Of Noir is a strong shot of international noir from Paul D. Brazill.
There are a handful of writers for whose new work I await impatiently, and glom onto it the instant it's available. At the very top of that list is the guy many of us refer to as "the godfather of noir," the inestimable Paul D. Brazill. And, he never disappoints. Let me repeat that: he never disappoints. Such is the case of his newest book, A Case of Noir. It's simply magnificent. His prose soars and floats far above the firmament where most of us writers live.
Les Edgerton, author of The Bitch, The Rapist and the forthcoming The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping