'Tales from the Longcroft' does exactly what it says on the tin. Three tales from the fictional Longcroft Estate, situated somewhere in the mind of the talented Darren Sant. There are three stories in this collection, increasing in length and complexity. All three stories feature residents of the Longcroft going about their daily business.
There are a lot of these types of stories about at the moment, but Sant sets himself apart on two counts. Along with Paul Brazill, the two of them inject humour into a genre sometimes lacking in it. For where there is bleakness, humour is never far away. That is just a universal truth. What also sets Sant apart is what he has created in these Longcroft tales. He has created a world.
Now world-building is something usually associated with the fantasy genre, not noir. But in having created the Longcroft Estate, Sant has achieved a bordered backdrop, a grimy world of back alleys and side streets, twitching curtains and twitching bodies, where almost anything can happen. The potential, literally, is endless.
The goings on of the lowlife and the scum from the Longcroft Estate is written with Sant's signature levity. And I enjoyed every minute.