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"Drunk on the Moon" is going to end up on a lot of "Best of" lists at the end of the year. An awful lot of those lists... It's already on mine.
Once you read it, I wager it'll be on yours...' 
From Les Edgerton, author of TheBitch, Just Like That, Gumbo Ya Ya.


From Dave Zeltserman, author of Killer, Blood Crimes, Outsourced
"A crackling fun read that puts werewolves in a Sin City/hardboiled world."

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'Roman Dalton, your common or garden werewolf Private Eye, first howled for the people behind Dark Valentine Press over two years ago, and now he's prowled back into their lair!'
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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Valentine Press (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615641504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615641508
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,224,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Vera on May 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
The idea is simple. Use a successful story, give other writers a chance to stretch the world of that story, wrap it in a pretty bow and sell it as a collection. I like the idea especially since that successful story is good, full of meat to work with. The anthology opens with the original story by Paul D. Brazil. It's a mix of crime pulp and The Goon. (If you haven't read The Goon you need to.) Roman Dalton, a werewolf detective is just an all-round, nicely created character that cracks skulls and bangs like a hard boiled detective should. I could see him easily in his own tv spot where we see him sitting in a diner, like an old Casablanca setting, alone and full melancholy fighting an itch that only the full moon could bring. I just think television needs more noir.

The book dances in a world of werewolves, zombies, detectives and gangs. The first story is exceptionally good, almost good enough to just drop 2.99 on it alone. After that we still see some other solid work. Allen Leverone does a great take of the werewolf detective, like he owns the character and does it without even having the detective using his werewolf form - nice. It's smart writing you don't see anymore and I love it.

K. A. Laity and Julia Madeleine also deliver, they always do. And B. R. Stateham did a wonderful job, he really out did himself in his story "Insatiable". It's the only real detective type story in this collection and his story is truly the hidden gem in this book. Just these few stories would have easily made me shell out money for this book. These authors never let me down.

Now Jason Michel story "Back To Nature" seemed to stop my express train through the book. The other stories were fast, no fat, all meaty stories. Then SCREECH! We come to "Back To Nature".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 20, 2012
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In this unique and interesting anthology Paul D. Brazill has gathered together a collection of the finest crime and horror writers and brought you something special. Paul kicks off the anthology with the title story. The inspiration for the story is the Tom Waits song of the same title. Brazill creates a world of boozy and violent characters that he peppers with his usual witty one-liners and running gags. Music references litter the story like jewels waiting to be discovered. He tells the tale of Roman Dalton a former cops who is coming to terms with the fact that he is a werewolf. The descriptiveness of the writing is sublime and a tangible atmosphere is created expertly by the author. I was soon hooked on this dark world so excellently conveyed.

Paul has carefully picked writers that he believes will bring a certain unique something to the publication and it works a treat. Each writer has left his or her own signature on the anthology. We see the character of Dalton grows with each story and slowly the delicious secrets of this dark world are revealed to us. If you like the idea of a hard drinking werewolf PI then I highly recommend this anthology. An original idea with an array of talent behind it that is worthy of five stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julie Lewthwaite on July 7, 2011
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As anyone who is familiar with Paul Brazill's writing knows, he has a certain style. Prose, dialogue, plot, characterisation - all combine to make for a memorable reading experience. And Drunk on the Moon is no exception. Werewolf PI Roman Dalton is a classic creation and in DotM he grabs you by the throat and drags you through the mean streets he prowls, not letting go until the tale is told. Then, while you're gathering your wits and wondering where the hell you are, he sits at the bar sipping whiskey ... until the next adventure.

This is a brilliant start to what promises to be a terrific series. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm very much looking forward to seeing how the stories develop. Don't miss out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack Prendergast on January 29, 2013
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Drunk on blood's more like it. The whole, private dick in fear of his dark side thang most suredly a metaphor for any cop or P.I. that's ever become fatally inured to the horrific consequences of the criminal psychopath. Maybe pal Roman is even starting to groove to it...
Dalton's werewolf is Dalton's alter ego come howling to life, with more than a touch of noir-gore thrown in as the other contributors dig what's required and show their own metal in extending and re-imagining the character. Love Roman; love the other writers; envisage this as a TV watershed series with no probs whatsoever.
Grown-ups only.
You've been warned!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JJ Toner on July 27, 2012
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I love Paul D Brazill's writing. There are 11 wonderful noir tales in this book, but the 2 by Paul himself (the first and the last) are the best of the bunch, by a country mile. It's difficult to put your finger on why this is. First, there's Paul's writing, which is fierce, energetic and original. Then there's his understanding of the genre, of the history and past afficionardos of the genre, and last, his total immersion in the theme of his tales. Highly recommended. Buy it, inhale it, enjoy every word, every twisted phrase, every dark, diabolical, alcohol-charged adrenalinized lupine scene, and watch out for volume 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Sobieck on July 26, 2012
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I'm not a fan of the crop of paranormal fiction from the past few years. Glistening vampires fighting ripped werewolves over some ancient what-not has zero appeal. Not that it's suppose to grab me. I'm a married guy from the Midwest living the middle class dream. Frustrated metaphors for puberty have passed me by.

But you know what I do like? Paul D. Brazill's Drunk on the Moon short story anthology. It features detective Roman Dalton, who is also a werewolf. On paper, I shouldn't like this at all. But Brazill is a noir guy through and through. One of the best noir writers today, in my opinion. So despite the paranormal elements, everything is filtered through the lens of crime fiction.

That's why Roman lives in a crime-infested, beyond dark hellhole known as The City. His activities revolve around three things: Getting tanked at Duffy's bar, kicking some crime lord tail and getting tanked at Duffy's bar. He drinks enough that it counts as two separate things. Throw in more otherworldly creatures (some of them - gasp - from the federal government), and you have a sense of Roman's world.

Brazill's writing is strong enough to have carried the short story series, but he went a different route instead. He got together a top crew of crime writers to carry the torch. Each of the authors wrote their own take on Roman's world. Some stuck to the plots Brazill introduced in the inaugural story. Others drifted into new territory, but stayed within Roman's "world."

This approach gives the anthology a lot of depth. Each short story refreshes Roman's world. You never feel "stuck" reading it.

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