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By Paul D. Brazill 

Today down Brit Grit Alley, I get my tips oot for the lads and lasses. So, here are a few Brit Grit recommend reads:

Dead Gone – Luca Veste

Gritty doesn't have to mean grim. Luca Veste's best-selling Dead Gone breathes fresh life into the tired old tropes of police procedural/ serial killer stories as he cleverly jumps backwards and forwards in time and smoothly changes POV. Likable characters and an involving story lead to an exciting conclusion.

Love Will Tear Us Apart – Charlie Williams

They say that rats and cockroaches will survive a zombie apocalypse so it's no great surprise that, if Charlie Williams short, sharp story is to believed, Jeremy Clarkson will also survive. Love Will Tear Us Apart is a blackly comic story of love, loyalty, friendship. And zombies. Great stuff.

The Ringer – Tony Black

Stauner is a ladies man and small time drug dealer who fancies his chances with the French barmaid at a local nightclub. In true noir fashion, Stauner bites off much more than he can chew in this cracking novella from Tony Black. The Ringer is like a Brit Grit Jim Thompson with more laughs.

The Green-eyed Monster – Martin Stanley

The Green-eyed Monster is a prequel to Martin Stanley's cracking Bone Breakers and again features the Stanton Brothers, who get involved in a blackmail scam. And go to Hartlepool. Hardboiled, gritty and great fun.

  There'll be more carryings on down Brit Grit Alley very soon, sorta kinda thing, like.

Paul D. Brazill is the author of Gumshoe, Guns Of Brixton and Roman Dalton - Werewolf PI. He was born in England and lives in Poland. He is an International Thriller Writers Inc member whose writing has been translated into Italian, Polish and Slovene. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 8,10 and 11, alongside the likes of Ian Rankin, Neil Gaiman and Lee Child. He has edited a few anthologies, including the best-selling True Brit Grit – with Luca Veste. HE BLOGS HERE.