|Posted on September 9, 2013 at 7:00 AM|
Before it was published by Pulp Metal Fiction in July, I had the honor to give renowned indie noir writer (the only title I can think of that truly suits him) Paul Brazill's The Gumshoe an advanced read. He was looking for feedback, and I was more than happy to offer my two cents.
Yes, this is me bragging a bit. A lot of people, including me, carry plenty of respect for Brazill. But that's not the point of this post.
The point is that it's a great read for many reasons. If you're a ways down the noir rabbit hole and want to char your reading list with something noir-ier than noir, then this is the burnt chicken leg to gnaw on.
The Gumshoe centers on, appropriately enough, a burned out PI named Peter Orb wandering from case to case around Seatown, England. Brazill, as many know, is a UK ex-pat living in Poland, so the descriptions are right on the money (or so it seems, I've never been there).
Some of the cases are funny, some are depressing, but none are interconnected. That's OK, though. This is a novella, and as I wrote in this post a bit back, the structure shouldn't follow the traditional novel. Brazill isn't making any mistakes by showing Orb as he is without some grand nut to crack.
That was reflected in an e-mail Brazill sent to me about writing The Gumshoe.
"I decided not to write a detective story and write a story about a detective," he wrote.
That's exactly what The Gumshoe is, and it's worth $2.99 to find out why Brazill is such a mammoth in the burnt crust of crime fiction.