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Small Time Crimes Paperback – 28 July 2018
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- Publisher : Independently published (28 July 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 195 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1981067426
- ISBN-13 : 978-1981067428
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 1.24 x 20.32 cm
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His characters inhabit a morally polluted world and they know it. Life is one long, strange trip to a dodgy pub, slathered in rancid glamour and vomit, where it's alway close to last orders. From the conniving to the exhausted, from the straight-up malevolent to the merely lost and bemused, they may whine and grizzle about their fates, but can only sigh and shrug it off, expecting no better. All that separates the one from the other are the temporary, flickering dispensations of luck.
Occasionally, you might see one or two attempt to live a better life. Their resolutions, count on it, are stillborn. And you smile. Not in this world, kid. Failure is all, and everyone falls sooner or later (spoiler alert: sooner), though some are falling and laughing. Without exception it all goes tilt, game over, and Charon's yer man. And to forget this, they drink. And drink until it kills them, which is usually slowly.
Yet Brazill stitches these tales together with verve and glee, with so many tickles and bitchslaps that you go from story to story like a kid with Smarties, woofing them down til they're gone and all you wish is that there were more. As the old punchline goes, it's a treat, its a treat. And it is. Buy it, read it, tell your friends.
Of course, not every one of the stories is a gem. Some of them are just window-dressing, atmosphere for the next story in line or maybe the one after that. The author does allow his characters to slip into each other’s lives from time to time, cameo shots that prep us for that story where they have a larger role.
Other tales are those blockbusters that hit you right between the eyes, ending at just the right time even though you wanted more. Instead, you are forced to turn the page and begin again, hoping the next story can equal or surpass the one you just finished. For me, shorts like “Band on the Run” and “Things I Used to Like” are the best, dark brooding tales that wind their way down some of the dirtier passageways of life. Others like “Gumshoe Blues” and “Sheila Take a Bow” have that quirky dark twist at the end, at times catching me off guard and causing me to laugh out loud.
Regardless of what sort of tale is your brand of mind candy, if you enjoy short stories with a dose of offhand malice and a dash of noir, you should easily find some favorites in this collection. Four stars.