"A finely-drawn character study of a man battling fate to escape the inevitable gravity of a life of crime. Reminiscent of the existential crime novels of Jean-Patrick Manchette. That we care so much about Paul is testament to Aaron Philip Clark's skill." --Eric Beetner, author of ONE TOO MANY BLOWS TO THE HEAD and BORROWED TROUBLE
"Aaron Philip Clark's THE SCIENCE OF PAUL has all the makings of a modern noir classic. Noir in its purest form always reads like a punch to the gut and THE SCIENCE OF PAUL delivers that kind of blow right from page one. 'No apologies, no regrets' should be this novel's motto." -- Gar Anthony Haywood, author of CEMETERY ROAD
"The eponymous protagonist of Aaron Clarke's scorching , gripping THE SCIENCE OF PAUL is an ex -con, a booze hound, a haunted drifter. Deep in the heart of America's south, which seems only just north of hell, he emotionlessly buries his grandfather and, with a beautiful woman in tow, drives off at full speed, slap-bang into the classic noir paradigm. This is a car wreck well worth risking your neck to see." -- Paul David Brazil, PULP METAL MAGAZINE
"With the relentless moth-to-flame inevitability of classic noir, Aaron Philip Clark's angry ex-con finds trouble on Philadelphia's mean streets. Vivid characterization and a sharp eye for the fault lines in American society drive this impressive debut." -- Roger Smith, author of WAKE UP DEAD and MIXED BLOOD
"T.S. Eliot referred to it as tradition and individual talent, the manner in which new work at once honors, builds upon, and questions what has come before. Chester Himes, Richard Wright, James Baldwin--Aaron Philip Clark has been paying attention. " -- James Sallis, author of CYPRESS GROVE and CHESTER HIMES: A LIFE
About the Author
A native of Los Angeles, CA, Aaron Philip Clark is a novelist and poet. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Otis College of Art and Design. A crime and existential fiction enthusiast, Aaron found inspiration in the novels of Raymond Chandler, Walter Mosley and Fred Vargas; works like THE STRANGER and INVISIBLE MAN, helped lay the foundation for his debut novel THE SCIENCE OF PAUL: A NOVEL OF CRIME. He currently teaches English and Creative Writing in North Carolina.