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Kill Me Quick Paperback – May 16, 2018
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Kill Me Quick! is another fine addition to his arsenal.
Mark Hammonds is a former musician who'd achieved minor success with his band, but has hit hard (and mostly unsuccessfully criminal) times, returning to his home town, Seatown. Immediately on his return he is back in with his old friends, in his old haunts, doing his level best to remain as drunk as possible, living a quiet and easy life. Unfortunately for Mark, he just cant seem to stop stumbling into other people's trouble.
Brazill's USP is his ability to use his writing as a character in itself. It oozes sleazy personality and wit in every paragraph, every pun-filled comeback, and every criminal act. Where it works best is when he uses it against a backdrop of the lawless Seatown. It's like Sin City starring Sid James instead of Mickey Rourke. Kenneth Williams instead of Bruce Willis. It's Sid City. It sounds horrific? It's not, it's an absolute joy to behold.
Five very easy stars. Get it and read it.
Larger than life characters…. Ella the Fella, Tony Trifle, Don Amerigo, Captain Cutlass - to name check a few.
A setting in a run-down seaside town that’s past it’s sell by date. Incidentally I have to congratulate the author for expanding my knowledge at the same time. I’d never heard of sea-coal washing up on a beach and getting dug up.
A slightly absurd plot that sees down on his luck musician, Mark Hammond returning home to his hometown and within days involved in disposing of a dead body from a caravan park after running an errand for Fat Roy. Biker gang Satan’s Souls might be wanting a few answers from Mark as to the demise of their leader Wolfe.
Fantastic humour throughout, peppered one-liners that had me giggling like a little schoolboy….
“Remember that book from school? The Thomas Wolfe one?” he said.
“You can’t go home again, or something” said Craig. “Could send a glass eye to sleep, that one.”
A discussion about a local good time girl, Eileen……
”Had enough c*** to make a handrail around the QE2. They don’t call her Come on Eileen for nothing.”
And sometimes there’s a nugget of truth that makes you pause…..
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression, eh?”
Enjoyable, satisfying, entertaining, funny with plenty of cultural references that had me looking back on the music of my youth with fondness. (I haven’t thought of the Leyton Buzzards and Saturday Night Beneath the Plastic Palm Trees in years.)
A top read.
4.5 from 5
I've read and enjoyed Mr Brazill before...... Guns of Brixton and 13 Shots of Noir.
Review copy received from author.
Brazill is a master of creating atmosphere with just the right adjectives and adverbs as by choosing the perfect music piece to accompany the words.
Buy this book quick! :)