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"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.

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  • File Size: 324 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: New Pulp Press (June 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055PKALY
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benoit Lelievre on January 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
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There should be more novels like The Science Of Paul. That means more MFA graduates should get into crime fiction. I opened Aaron Philip Clark's first novel, torn between a slight dread and an apologetic approach, which were both completely unnecessary. It's been a while since I have read a noir novel that packed such a punch. Hell, it's been a while since I have read a writer's first novel that was this good. The Science Of Paul crawled under my skin with the slow and methodic approach of a medieval executioner. And I love every single minute of it.

Like the title announces, it's the story of Paul, Paul Little, an ex-convict who decides to start a new life on his grand-father estate after he inherits of it. But if you lived a life of crime, it's not easy to put the past behind and get away. His hometown of Philadelphia, like an abusive mother, doesn't want to let him go. As he plans his escape to his grandfather's farm in North Carolina, Paul's good side is going to catch up to him. Karma is a bitch for ex-professional sinners like him.

The Science Of Paul is written in a first person point-of-view, which is a stylistic choice that Clark uses very well, but isn't without its drawbacks. It's obviously a character based novel, focused on Paul's battle with his inner demons and in that regard, it's remarkably well achieved. His tortured relationships with women is particularly well crafted. His fatalistic views about love give Paul some humanity and put him ahead of all those cardboard characters that you see more often than not in noir fiction.

It's uneven and overwritten sometimes, which are two traps you can fall in when you write a novel at the first person.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Beasley on February 2, 2011
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In the Science of Paul by Aaron Philip Clark readers are introduced to Paul Little, an ex-con trying to be on the straight and narrow while leaving Philadelphia and the life of crime. Paul has his plan all mapped out to settle in North Carolina on a farm left to him by his grandfather. Relocating to the farm will help him start his life over but plans are made to be broken. Paul meets and falls for Tammy. Tammy is a woman trying to help Paul better himself and to stay out of trouble. They say once a criminal always a criminal, which reigns true in Paul's situation.

What man does not want to stay with the woman who has his best interest at heart? Maybe not Paul--which is why he ruins his relationship with Tammy and takes up with a questionable friend. Paul soon finds himself heading back toward a life of crime. When one of Paul's associates is found murdered, he becomes trapped in the middle of a crooked gangster and a greedy detective's battle. Paul will have to think two steps ahead if he will survive the streets of Philadelphia.

The authors writing style enlightens readers to a story of a man trying to stay away from a life a crime. The main character fights his conscience throughout the story and tries to come to terms with the life he has been dealt. This author's debut novel was entertaining and held my attention until the end. It will provide readers with drama, suspense, and a little bit of mystery. I recommend this book to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
APOOO BookClub
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul D Brazill on January 14, 2011
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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.
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Paul Little is an ex-convict that is just about to get off of probation. Paul does very well while being on probation, never once getting into any trouble. Yet and still, there is a part of Paul that feels lost and angry. Paul decides to walk away from the one woman who has loved him through his ups and downs. The night that he walks out the door, he is met with a string of bad luck. Could it just be a case of being at the wrong place and the wrong time?

Paul has very little money when he walks out, but his plan is to head to his grandfather's land in North Carolina for a fresh start. As he navigates throughout the streets of Philadelphia, a woman accuses him of rape, he is met with a shiesty business deal, his money is stolen, and a murder is committed. Only one of two things are the most likely outcome: prison or death. Paul is determined to make it out of Philadelphia before either happens.

The Science of Paul by Aaron Philip Clark is a story of one man trying to live his life on the straight and narrow but is pulled into the life of crime. Trouble seems to lurk at every corner. The people he thinks that he can trust are the ones he needs to be wary of. Author Aaron Philip Clark has his own unique writing style that will keep you guessing to the very end.
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I've got to say that this is another great book from New Pulp Press. Very noirish. Paul never truly stands a chance to escape the hell that is his life. Reading the journey he tries to take to redemption is engaging and I was caught up in the story from the first chapter. Two very big thumbs up. Pick up a copy if you like the top new noir writers of the past few years and you will see that Clark has the chops to hold his own against them all.
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