A Case Of Noir (Near To The Knuckle #8) (2020)

A Case Of Noir (Near To The Knuckle #8) Paul D. Brazill A Case Of Noir Near To The Knuckle 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 ca
  • Title: A Case Of Noir (Near To The Knuckle #8)
  • Author: Paul D. Brazill
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  • Page: 263
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A Case Of Noir (Near To The Knuckle #8) Paul D. Brazill 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 While in stormy Toulouse, he encounters a blast fromIn 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 While 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.
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  1. Dee Arr

    I wasn t sure what to expect when I started reading Paul D Brazill s A Case of Noir Near to the Knuckle , but it than exceeded my desire to find an entertaining read The term noir definitely describes this book, and the author delivers a polished set of stories guaranteed to keep you riveted all the way to the last page.This is a crime novel without the detective The antihero Luke Cage is consistently alcohol lubricated, and is a person who tries to stay out of trouble but somehow gravitates to [...]

  2. K.A. Laity

    I m a sucker for Brazill s singularly laconic style and his hapless heroes or is it too grand to call them heroes Main characters Saps No, they re seldom suckers just not particularly well prepared, thoughtful or lucky You can move Luke Case around to a new city, but the seedy world seems to follow him there, whether it s a Peruvian pan pipe band playing Ring of Fire or any of a variety of other off hand pop culture references Arthur, Mr B Priceless If Luke Case manages to survive, it s not down [...]

  3. Col

    Synopsis blurb.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 s [...]

  4. Keith Nixon

    I admit to being an admirer of Paul Brazill s work His style is breezy, yet hard hitting The former because the words flow so easily off the page, the latter because the subject matter is is top drawer crime thriller A Case of Noir follows hack reporter Luke Case across a series of interlinked short stories He s a drinker and a womaniser, always in trouble because of one, the other or both of his vices He stumbles from one screw up to the next You can t help but like the guy There s plenty of hu [...]

  5. David Nemeth

    Read all my reviews at Reading Brazill gave me the same sort of enjoyment I get when reading Jim Thompson, characters filling their desperation with alcohol, fornication, and crime As with Thompson, Brazill knows that the human condition weak and is punctuated with violence and or death.I jolted awake, coated in cold, dank sweat Daylight sliced through the gaps between the broken blinds A tight band gripped my forehead and my pounding heartbeat seemed to echo through the sparse, familiar looking [...]

  6. Nigel Bird

    What would you say to a bottle of Tinto de Verano I d say I love you Will you marry me If you like your fiction hard boiled then A Case Of Noir is a book for you The above example of sharp dialogue is just one a thousand examples of crackling, punchy prose that weave through this book like a spider on speed The quips are so very well handled and serve many purposes they colour the characters, add zing, focus images and bring humour by the Sam Spade load The atmosphere is hot and pregnant with lu [...]

  7. Ryan Bracha

    Loved this Paul Brazill s masterful control of the noir short is displayed in full boozy glory in this collection cum novella The hack writer Luke Case opens the tale in Warsaw, where, between drinking himself into blackouts, he s somewhat saucily dragged into a m nage a trois with hookers and molls who have very naughty connections The affair leads to a brutal beating by the very same connections, and he flees across Europe in a series of interconnected shorts, encountering torch singers, Irish [...]

  8. Shervin Jamali

    Anyone who has read my books knows that I m a sucker for the anti hero While Luke Cage isn t the prototypical variety, he meets enough of the criteria a flawed character with an addiction and penchant for self deprecation, but seeking redemption It s hard not to like this boozing skirt chaser who acts first with the little Luke in his pants and asks questions later, which often gets him in trouble Brazill is a master of noir fiction and I totally enjoyed this collection of shorts featuring the s [...]

  9. Kevintipple

    A Case of Noir by Paul D Brazil takes readers on a dark and twisted road through five chapters Even though each one is a fairly contained short story, the five chapters link together to form a complex tale featuring Luke Case.Except his name isn t really Luke Case Not that readers know that as the first installment, Red Esperanto opens Instead, readers know it is Warsaw in winter and our narrator prefers Jack Daniels with Coke only after he is so drunk already that he shouldn t be drinking at al [...]

  10. Susan Hampson

    Well I am sat here still tittering away thinking about this book I loved how it was sometimes a whole sentence further on before my brain caught up with what I had read, as Paul Brazill just slipped in another subtle one liner and perfect dose of dry humour, that hit the spot better than any single malt Meet Luke Case who seems to achieve being in the wrong place at the right time with precision and impeccable timing, as he makes a journey to five very different stops starting in a freezing Wars [...]

  11. James Newman

    Paul D Brazill s world here is one of peroxide Berliner blondes wearing PVC raincoats with blood red lipstick smeared across their lips Barbarous gangsters and shyster scam artists, drunken literary agents and pop producers shelter in cities ruined by war and Vodka, drenched by decadence, spent of hope, driven by desire Here we meet protagonist Luke Case who is drifting on a stream of booze and loose women from Poland to Madrid to Granada to London and then Cambridge where he finds himself at a [...]

  12. Kevin Cowdall

    A Case of Noir is actually five Cases interconnected short stories featuring the hard boiled, hard drinking eponymous hack reporter Luke Case a man with a shadowy past, and a dark secret he d rather remained so Taking us from Warsaw to Madrid to Granada to Toulouse and ending up in Cambridge, A Case of Noir offers a gritty sense of place and atmosphere and, in the best noir tradition, Cases snappy dialogue is punctuated with throwaway quips and droll observations Brazill gives us all the expecte [...]

  13. Liam Sweeny

    Lucas Cage is a journalist Or an English as a Foreign Language teacher in Warsaw Maybe he is Or maybe he s something else Or someone else A Case of Noir follows Lucas Cage and his adventures or misadventures from one dirty double cross and turnabout to another, from Warsaw to Madrid and Granada in Spain to Toulouse in France to a turnabout showdown in a place I ll leave you to figure out.The twists and turns alone will keep you eye locked here, but again, Paul Brazill s scene setting abilities s [...]

  14. Dave

    Absolutely fantastic stuff The dark gritty nature of the books is thoroughly enjoyable and the tongue in cheek humour and popular references are always fun to stumble upon.The narrative is tight and the stories thoroughly barrel along in an enjoyable manner and it is truly fascinating watching the layers of Luke Cage be peeled back each grubby skin at a time.The best moment for me was the ending sentences in one of those days in England fantastic ending and I must have looked like a weirdo sitti [...]

  15. Astrid

    Gritty and fast paced This set of stories will suck you in and won t let go until you re done with them It s the type of book where you want to know what comes next, what s the next twist, what did I miss that will later blow up in the protagonist s, Luke Case, face, but, at the same time, you don t want it to end A tight narrative, compelling characters, and descriptions that will put you right there with the main character, Paul D Brazill s A Case of Noir is a read I recommend to anyone intere [...]

  16. Ray

    Paul D Brazill s A Case Of Noir is a highly entertaining collection of noir stories linked by a common protagonist The European locations are vividly described and the stories fast moving,full of surprises of the Why didn t I see that coming variety Those who buy the paperback are entitled to download the e book for free, which is a pretty sweet deal.

  17. Donna

    A witty, clever, dark, debauched, intricately woven tale that takes the protagonist all over Europe and through many bizarre and interwoven tales Exceptionally funny I did have one complaint it just wasn t long enough I wanted Fantastic novel.

  18. Sharon Loveday

    This book is well written, sharp, intelligent and intriguing Luke Case the hack has a past and it gradually unfolds over each story Well worth reading.

  19. Chris Rhatigan

    Luke Case is a journalist adrift in an expat s sea of booze, smoke, sex, shady characters and shadier dealings He hops around Europe running from his past, but you can t run forever Or maybe you can Doesn t matter This is excellent entertainment from PDB, who makes for a top tour guide.

  20. Tony

    There is a uniquely British feel to Brazill s noir Even when his characters are right at home in Poland there is a feel that is unmistakably tied to the way the working class traditionally and still do in many cases manage their weekly pay That is to say that as soon as work finishes they head to the pub until they are tossed on to the street and wander home This adds a vivid feel that somehow manages to evoke unpleasant smells as well as the expected sights.This book is a series of linked stori [...]

  21. Warren Stalley

    A Case of Noir is a collection of interlinked short crime stories featuring the character Luke Case by author Paul D Brazill The five stories are Red Esperanto, Death On A Hot Afternoon, The Kelly Affair, The Big Rain and One Of Those Days In England When we first meet Luke in Red Esperanto he is a free lance journalist and booze hound with an eye for the ladies and a mysterious past After getting caught up with a femme fatale and her gangster husband in sleazy Warsaw he flees across Europe Soon [...]

  22. William

    I found it a little confusing to follow Continuity was a problem Also needs bit editing for grammar Still enjoyable.

  23. K.L. Loveley

    A case of Noir, written by Paul D Brazil.This is not the usual genre that I choose to read However, I began reading with an open mind From the very first chapter, I realised that this book is most likely written for male readers which would make it difficult for me to give a fair and accurate review That said I did read the whole book and was intrigued in parts.The story follows the alcohol drenched antics of Luke Case who claims to be a journalist working for Pedro, the owner of The Madrid Revi [...]

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