A troubled, ageing hit man leaves London and returns to his hometown in the north east of England hoping for peace. But the ghosts of his past return to haunt him.
Last Year’s Man is a violent and blackly comic slice of Brit Grit noir.
Praise for LAST YEAR’S MAN:
“Brazill offers a series of amusing episodes filled with breezy banter in this offbeat slice of British noir.” —Publishers Weekly
“It’s all here, everything you’ve come to expect from a Paul D. Brazill caper—the fast pace, the witty banter, the grim humour and the classic tunes—except this time he’s REALLY outdone himself. Unlike the lament in the song the title takes its name from, Paul’s best years are surely still ahead of him.” —Paul Heatley, author of Fatboy
“Paul D. Brazill is the Crown Prince of Noir. That’s my opinion, granted, but I stand by it. For those who require proof, just pick up his latest novel, Last Year’s Man, and it will be clear why I make that statement. All hail the crown prince!” —Les Edgerton, author of The Rapist, The Bitch, Just Like That and others
“Brazill is brilliant, a unique voice which stands out from the crowd.” —Keith Nixon, author of the Solomon Gray books
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Be prepared to be entertained by Paul Brazill’s latest novel with an explosion of raw violence that has a generous soaking in the most wickedest darkest humour that you can imagine. The one liners just kept rolling from the pages as aging hitman Tommy needs just one more job so that he can retire and put his tools of the trade to rest. The lack of having his heart in his work had me keeping the neighbours awake with my laughing at some of these chapters when I read this book late at night in bed when I down loaded it.
The story is told by Tommy who is wanting out because of his age not because he has made millions. I had to admire the man really to make it to such an age, still be going at it and never been caught, ok prosecuted then. Tommy is just short of sixty and the aliments are starting to mount up from the more frequent visits to the loo to the increasing daily dose of meds that keep him ticking. The characters, old and new are just pure entertaining gems with nicknames that they acquired in the good old days.
When things go wrong for Tommy it all sort of comes at once with his rules broken and marks over stepped. If you don’t like violence in books then move along please, or swearing then just keep going but if you are like me and love real dark humour then this is for you because the black stuff just gushes through these pages like an oil strike in Texas. For me this is the best Paul Brazill novel yet!
There are some cracking scenes, some which are very descriptive while others leave a lot to the imagination, both equally vivid in my mind. My favourite characters in this novel, besides Tommy, have to be his mum and Bev, just think Thelma and Louise without the car but definitely with more attitude! The whole darn book is brilliance. Just perfection all the way, if of course you are that way inclined.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul D. Brazill’s books include Too Many Crooks, A Case Of Noir, Guns Of Brixton, The Last Laugh, and Kill Me Quick! He was born in England and lives in Poland. His writing has been translated into Italian, Finnish, Polish, German and Slovene. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime