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Skull Meat: A Paignton Noir Mystery by [Leins, Tom]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1108 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Dirty Books (23 Jun. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0736FPM1K
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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Skull Meat is a blast — an eye-wateringly violent tale of mobsters, ex-cons and hopeless bottom-feeders. It’s grubby and unsettling, and it makes you laugh out loud at things you really shouldn’t be laughing at. It’s James Ellroy with the dial turned up. Brutal and brilliant. You have been warned.
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Years ago I spent a week on holiday in Paignton with the wife and kids. After reading this one I doubt we’ll be returning.

When you see the sun rise in Paignton it looks like a collapsed lung filling up with blood.

Low life characters, grimy watering holes, seedy nightclubs and dingy brothels, a private investigator or two, a midget and a pornographer, teenage strippers and prostitutes, a beating, a stabbing and lots more. Joe Rey is on a case and plenty of blood is going to get spilled.

Wet-Look, a disgraced ex-cop and the other PI in town offers Joe some sage advice……….

“Paignton’s a selfish, dirty town……The only way to survive in this town is to corrupt yourself.”

Fantastic writing, brutal imagery, tremendous turns of phrase with an interesting story – Joe doing some dirty work and travelling from A to B to C, with casualties every step of the way. I did get a tad confused at the plethora of low lives we encountered in such a short book – is there no-one decent in Paignton? But overall an enjoyable journey. 44 gritty pages of prose – my kind of book, even if I did need to shower afterwards to try and rid some of the Paignton grime from my pores.

I’m looking forward to reading more from Tom Leins in the future.

4.5 from 5

Read in July 2017
Published – 2017
Page count – 44
Source – review copy received from author
Format - kindle
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In Paignton everyone has a story and none of them are good. Tom Leins brings every character to life from our main Joe Rey to every lowlife bottom feeder that he runs across in this frenetic roller coaster of violence and small town crimes. A deft touch with the noir-ish language Leins leads us through seedy waterfront boozers and low-rent brothels. Really excellent Brit Grit fiction and well worth picking up. Needless to say I'll be avoiding Paignton for my holidays unless I'm looking for meth, teenage hookers, and a smack in the mouth - although that sounds like a brilliant weekend away!
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I've been a big fan of Tom Leins' prolific output of short stories for years now, and I've been waiting for him to put out something longer - Skull Meat does NOT disappoint. Dirty characters, a filthy setting, gratuitous violence and blacker than black humour, THIS is what I look for in noir fiction. Wonderfully, brazenly over the top Americanised British crime fiction. On every page you're sure to find a line that will either make you laugh out loud, or it'll turn your stomach - sometimes both! Tim certainly has a way with words and, as stated above, there are some blinding one liners littered throughout.

Check this out, can't recommend Tom's work highly enough. I understand there's more to come, and you'd best believe I'll be here waiting when it arrives!
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