Too Many Crooks is a blackly comic Brit Grit romp from the author of Guns Of Brixton and Kill Me Quick!
When high-class fence Leslie Hawkins meets Peter Rhatigan in a sleazy London pub, he offers her the chance to get her hands on the Totenkopfring, a legendary piece of World War Two memorabilia. However, after a violent encounter with a member of a biker gang, things soon spiral wildly and dangerously out of control. Meanwhile in Poland, Dr Anna Nowak finds an amnesiac Englishman half-dead in the snow…
Too Many Crooks by Paul D, Brazill is a fast-moving and action-packed cocktail of bodies, bullets and death-black comedy.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well I have never really been a lover of novellas but Paul Brazill’s series is quickly becoming the exception to my rule, a guilty pleasure I am more than happy to go along with.
I met one of my favourite characters so far Leslie Hawkins, like I said I aren’t reading these books in any order so she may well have made an earlier appearance, but this was my first outing with her. OMG machine or what! and to think I feared for this young slip of a woman that has to have the most jumbled up brain wiring possible. Unfortunately the local biker gang, that normally ruled The Old Iron Horse pub with just their reputation alone, was as unware of Leslie’s hidden brain malfunctions too. This resulted in me having reoccurring moments of pure pleasure with Paul Brazill style entertainment. Talk about pride before a fall, some people just don’t know when to lay down and play dead.
There is always an array of entertaining characters that a lot of the time seem more like cannon fodder for the greater good of the bigger boys and girls. One thing is for sure don’t trust anyone as there is no honour amongst thieves, as they say. Really enjoyed the core story of the wheeling and dealing in respect of the Totenkopfring, a legendary piece of World War Two memorabilia, which left it’s own trail of death and destruction in it’s wake.
These books are pure entertainment from the seedy pubs and appropriately chosen jukebox music to the blood guts and dark humoured one liners that totally seal the deal for me.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 edited the best- selling anthology True Brit Grit – with Luca Veste.