Skip to main content



Book Review: Cold London Blues by Paul D Brazil

This book is caviar.

The characters have great names ("Be-bop De Luca"; "Aldo Calvino"; "Squeaky Thompson"), all of whom are delightfully memorable. (D I Nikki Scrace comes to mind: the muscular, transexual policewoman who investigates the case at the heart of the story).

The story itself is a can of worms into which the freakish cast is drawn willy nilly, through their different points of contact with a criminal family, a heist, a number of hits, and one or two murders that aren't hits.

But this book isn't just about characters and plot.

First and foremost it's about language, and this is where it really shines.

It's written like a hard-boiled novel from the fifties, updated for the present day, turbocharged, and powered by rocket-fuel.

There is at least one line on every page you'll want to quote to your friends. On many pages there are several. I inflicted a lot of them on my wife, often while she was watching television. She didn&…

Latest posts

Do you want to write a story #2

My first boxing match

Ordinary Joe Interview with Edward Yeatman

Indie Writers Review giving away free copies of my book!

Ordinary Joe Interview with Franky James Coronado

Interviewing ordinary Joes and Jos

Research and preparation for the fiction writer

What is it with writers and drink?

Gun Control won't work!

Get this FREE BOOK by Jack Strange!