- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #494,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Skull Meat: A Paignton Noir Mystery Kindle Edition
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Skull Meat is dark, gritty, violent and really well-written. The characters are great despite their limited time on the page and each one is given a memorable name. The story follows protagonist, Joe Rey. Joe is a small-town fixer, a tough guy hired to sort out problems. His latest assignment comes with a few complications. A game of cat and mouse ensues as Rey darts around the seedy seaside town of Paignton bloodying his fists and making enemies.
There is a lot to like about this short story from Leins. As I said earlier, the writing is very good, perfectly suited to the story, pacing is fast (as you’d expect from a short story) but it doesn’t feel rushed. The violence is realistic and gritty, the dialogue even more so. I couldn’t put this story down. I have read it again since and so I’m upping my 4 star Goodreads mark to 5.
Kudos to Leins for the Type O Negative references, too. One of my favourite bands.
5/5 fractured skulls from the Grim Reader.
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
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!
As private investigator Joe Rey moves through a hideously re-imagined version of Torbay's forgotten beach town - herein populated by a confounding coterie of killers, pimps, pornographers and chancers - the moral detritus piles up in his wake and so begins a dance that, excitingly and frighteningly, threatens to continue over a series of stories.
This noir of loose ends, blind alleyways, deadly repetition and high-wire lives has been extracted and distilled from a real and culturally bereft place. The author unleashes his own wellspring of fury within the town that spawned him, gifting Paignton a dubious second chance at redemption.
Tom Leins‘ ‘Skull Meat’ is Brit Grit at its grittiest. Ulra-violent, foul-mouthed, atmospheric, hilarious and choc-full of great lines. I loved it!
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