The Little Moscow, a shady basement bar at the side of the Grand Union canal in Birmingham, stamping ground for thieves, gangsters and conmen â plus some of the cityâ s more glamorous creatures. Blue-skinned Nathan, a hardknock tattooist, refuses to pay Crawfordâ s protection racket. Nearby, a refugee from Middle Eastern wars finds a body hanging from a lamppost and becomes entangled with a goodtime girl called Veronica and an apartment decorated with abstract art. Roles get reversed, debts get claimed and colours collide â while two would-be Andy Warhols make away with incriminating evidence. These stories revolve around the Little Moscow bar in subtle, surprising ways to form a powerfully impressionistic whole. Scully brings a literary virtuosity to the landscapes of urban realism, fuelling a noir mythology with dreams of power, riches and sex. This auspicious collection draws darkly criminal tales from a modern cityâ s mix of cultures.