Gumshoe Blues - Paul D Brazill (Book Tour)
"Following the breakdown of his marriage, in a booze-addled flash of inspiration, Peter Ord decides to become a private investigator. Dark farce and tragicomedy soon ensue. Peter must tackle many challenging cases, and when he comes under the radar of a local crime lord, he may have bitten off more than he can chew. With sidekicks, like boozy hack, Bryn Laden, failure is not an option - it’s compulsory."
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TW: drug use, addiction, graphic violence
Gumshoe Blues by Paul D Brazill is a new take on the noir PI genre. In Gumshoe Blues we follow the life of a private eye, Peter Ord, who is a bit down on his luck and also caught up in the criminal underworld.
As a character, Peter did surprise me. At first I thought he was going to be meek and kind of a pushover but he has an element of ruthlessness that I was not expecting! He was willing to do the dirty work to get the job done. Additionally, I really enjoyed how descriptive the author was, especially in relation to the characters. Every person had a detailed, well thought out backstory as well as unique personalities.
This book also offers a compendium of pop culture references, including several from Marvel Comics which I especially loved! The author has created his very own version of Jessica Jones! There are also some really fun puns - such as the bakery called "Man with a Flan". I'm that person that everyone groans at because I always have a hilariously awful pun for any situation. Plus, if the author doesn't mind, I'll definitely have to add some of his puns into my repertoire. Also, it was a nice contrast to lighten the story as some parts could be dark.
Although it is a short story, there is lots of great, dynamic content which makes for a fun quick and easy read. Essentially, Gumshoe Blues is gritty, dark and intelligent. It is a story that is uniquely told, original and very entertaining.
Again, I would like to disclaim that I received this book from Blackthorn Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for including me in your Book Tour, I really enjoyed it!
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About the Author
Paul D. Brazill was born in Hartlepool, England and now lives in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where he’s been TEFL teaching for more than a decade.
His books include Last Year’s Man, A Case Of Noir, Guns Of Brixton, Small Time Crimes, and Kill Me Quick. He’s had stories published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime 8,10 and 11, and his writing has been translated in Italian, Polish, Finnish, German and Slovenian.