This week’s Incident Report, a small press crime fiction review, has way too many links this week. I’m not going to even count them. In my best Parks and Recreation Craig’s voice, “There are so many links. I want to THROW UP AND KILL MYSELF!”
Last week, I interviewed Liam Sweeny, author of Street Whispers (Down & Out Books). I asked Sweeny about his short story “Rats” as well as the proverbial “where do you get such messed up ideas” question though not in so many words.
I reviewed Preston Lang’s Sunk Costs which I wrote that Lang “walks among the giants Thompson and Cain with his new book”. It’s not hyperbole, it’s that freaking good. I also participated in another blog tour, this one for Simon Hall’s The TV Detective (Fahrenheit Press). It’s a cozy mystery and I wrote that it was “quite pleasant”.
Best First P.I. Novels
I usually don’t feature awards in the Incident Report, but this week I want to change that up with two of the Shamus Award Nominees for Best First P.I. Novel. The first is Danny Gardner’s A Nego and an Ofay (Down & Out Books) which I reviewed back in July 2017. A Negro and an Ofay also made my list of Favorite Books of 2017.
Sometimes reading a book is like being immersed in a floating tank, solely existing in the words and story of the writer. Danny Gardner’s A Negro and an Ofay (Down & Out Books) is one of these books. Gardner creates a world that most readers are only vaguely familiar with, letting us live in another time, with another people. The story is ostensibly about Elliott Caprice, seemingly a ne’er-do-well, returning home to help his uncle get back his farm. Gardner’s setting — Chicago and its environs during the 1950s — is a time as Gardner writes, “In the south, it was Jim Crow. In the north, an understanding.”
The other nominee is Stephen Mack Jones’s August Snow (Soho Crime) which came out in February 2017. It was always on my TBR but just never seemed to make it into my hand. I gave myself a good kick in the ass and finally reviewed it in March 2018.
Damn. How come no one’s told about Stephen Mack Jones’ August Snow? I mean y’all should have been talking about this book.
August Snow opens with the eponymous protagonist returning to his Detroit childhood home, but he’s a man who has lost everything but money. A former cop who turned on his corrupt Detroit brothers in blue has no friends and family, both parents passed away. And as a half-black half-Mexican, Snow straddles both Detroit cultures as well as navigating the racism that runs like an electric hum through America.
I know most you have haven’t read these two books and you should really make some time to read them. These are not your typical PI books and you’ll be quite happy you read them both.
Her Name is Merci
by Chris Roy
(Near to the Knuckle)
Roy delivers on the edge of your seat storytelling with rough edges, crooked cops and a tiny light at the end of the tunnel that is never quite extinguished.
— Tom Vater, co–founder of Crime Wave Press.
Her Name Is Mercie is a fast furious ride into an inferno of the highest tension you are likely to encounter this year. Where noir meets thriller, toss a coin. Dive in. And unplug your phones, pcs tablets and keep reading deeper and deeper, until the final pages.
— Richard Godwin, author of Apostle Rising.
Mercie Hillbrook lives a simple, quiet life working as a gas station attendant. Then her parents are killed. Her home is taken. The people responsible are excused for just doing their job. When an attempt to get justice her way lands her in trouble with the law, Mercie realizes she still has something to lose: her own life.
Then she finds reason to believe her parents were murdered… and she doesn’t care anymore. (Buy)
Also released this past week were a slew of reissues by CS DeWildt and Rob Pierce on All Due Respect Books. DeWildt’s reissues are Kill ‘Em With Kindness and Love You to a Pulp. Pierce has four reissues, two of which I have reviewed here: With the Right Enemies (review), Uncle Dust (review), Vern in Heat, and The Things I Love Will Kill Me (stories). I wrote of With the Right Enemies that it was “a brutal noir novel filled with violence and unforgiving thugs, just the way I like it.” Of Uncle Dust I wrote that it “is a howl of a book filled with energy, drinking, fucking and crime.”
A Taste of Shotgun
by Chris Orlet
(All Due Respect Books)
Nobody likes a shakedown. Especially not Denis Carroll, proprietor of The Brass Lantern, a dive bar in a bleak southern Illinois town. Five years ago Denis gunned down a dirtbag who was attempting to hold up his bar. At least that’s what the cops think.
After the shooting, Denis’ hotheaded younger brother, Vince, insisted on taking the rap. No big deal. He’d plead self-defense. Case closed. What the Carrolls didn’t count on was the cops discovering a huge stash of weed in a back room, locally sourced marijuana the Carrolls peddled “to make ends meet.” Weed supplied by the psychotic Goodwin Brothers, Clay and Randy.
Vince ended up taking the fall for that, too.
With Vince behind bars and Denis promising to keep his nose clean, the Goodwins turn to blackmail to force the Carrolls back into the illegal drug trade. Play along or the Goodwin Brothers (one of whom witnessed the shooting at the bar) will finger Denis as a murderer.
Meanwhile the Goodwins have troubles of their own, specifically their niece, Erica. As a child, Erica witnessed her sister being sexually abused by her Uncle Clay. As a young woman, she saw her fiancé shot down at a local bar by one of the Carrolls. Erica is determined to get revenge on both men. How much better if she can kill two birds with one stone—get rid of her uncle and pin his murder on that murderous bar owner?
In this darkly humorous small-town noir everyone has something to hide and nothing is as it seems. (Buy)
Last Year’s Man
by Paul D. Brazill
(All Due Respect Books)
A troubled, aging hitman leaves London and returns to his hometown in the north east of England hoping for peace. But the ghosts of his past return to haunt him.
Last Year’s Man is a violent and blackly comic slice of Brit Grit noir.
Praise for LAST YEAR’S MAN:
“Brazill offers a series of amusing episodes filled with breezy banter in this offbeat slice of British noir.” —Publishers Weekly
“It’s all here, everything you’ve come to expect from a Paul D. Brazill caper—the fast pace, the witty banter, the grim humour and the classic tunes—except this time he’s REALLY outdone himself. Unlike the lament in the song the title takes its name from, Paul’s best years are surely still ahead of him.” —Paul Heatley, author of Fatboy
“Paul D. Brazill is the Crown Prince of Noir. That’s my opinion, granted, but I stand by it. For those who require proof, just pick up his latest novel, Last Year’s Man, and it will be clear why I make that statement. All hail the crown prince!” —Les Edgerton, author of The Rapist, The Bitch, Just Like That and others
“Brazill is brilliant, a unique voice which stands out from the crowd.” —Keith Nixon, author of the Solomon Gray books. (Buy)
Unloaded Vol. 2
edited by Eric Beetner
(Down & Out Books)
The Anthony-nominated collection of crime stories without guns—the collection we didn’t want to be necessary—is back for Volume 2.
Two dozen more crime writers have come together to raise their voices and take pen in hand to call for a sensible and reasoned debate about guns in America. As the mass shootings continue, the avoidable accidents, the suicides, the gun violence that consumes our country rolls on unabated and unaddressed by our leadership other than to say, “Now is not the time to discuss it,” these crime writers have chosen to start the dialogue.
In stories of crime, mystery and suspense these authors have left the guns out to show for a short while that we can do without them and the plot doesn’t fall apart. Maybe, in a small way, we can show that the American way of life doesn’t cease to be, either.
Not anti-gun, Unloaded Vol. 2 is pro-reason. These authors comprise gun owners and non-owners, voters on both sides of the political aisle. The cause that unites us all is the desire to see the senseless killing stop and to be able to have the discussion without the divisive language, vitriol and name calling that too often accompanies this debate.
The top priority in these stories is to entertain with thrilling action and suspense that readers know and love about a crime story. To do so without guns leads to some creative leaps from writers who spin tales of simians on the loose, androids with buried secrets, punk rock shows and tattoo shops.
Bestselling authors like Chris Holm, Lori Rader-Day, Bill Crider, Laura McHugh, James Ziskin and John Rector along with many more join together to call for an end to the needless violence and a start to a reasoned debate. With a forward by legendary Sara Paretsky, Unloaded Vol. 2 is a book we wish wasn’t needed. But staying silent is no longer an option.
Proceeds go to the non-profit States United To Prevent Gun Violence. (Buy)
The Fairfax Incident by Terrence McCauley
Manhattan, 1933. Charlie Doherty may have been kicked off the force after The Grand Central Massacre, but thanks to a wealthy benefactor, his private detective business is booming. Catering to the city’s wealthy elite, Doherty is making a good living chasing down wayward spouses and runaway socialites when the case of a lifetime lands in his lap. Mrs. Fairfax, a wealthy widow, hires Doherty to prove her husband’s suicide wasn’t actually a suicide. It was murder.
At his benefactor’s urging, Doherty takes the case. He expects to pocket a nice chunk of change to prove what everyone already knows: Walter Fairfax walked into his office in the Empire State Building one morning, took a phone call, and shot himself. But Charlie took the widow’s money, so he begins to dig.
He quickly finds out there is more to the Fairfax incident than a simple suicide. Before long, he discovers that Mr. Fairfax was leading a double life; running with a dangerous crowd that has a sinister agenda that threatens to plunge Charlie’s city – and his country – into another war.
In an investigation that quickly involves global implications, Doherty finds himself against not only some of the most powerful people in New York City, but against the most evil men in the world. (Buy)
Pull & Pray by Angel Luis Colón
(Down & Out Books)
Five years after surviving the most harrowing heist of her life, Fantine Park is lured back to the United States by her aunt. The bait: a lead on the identity of her mother’s killer and a score known as the ‘pension plan’, a piece of software that can literally pay out in perpetuity if they can get their hands on it in time.
Working with a team of actual professionals with their own motivations; Fan’s loyalties and beliefs will be tested as nothing is as it seems; especially when one of the members of this crew may have been the last person to see her mother alive.
It’s going to be lies, murder, and gas station hot dogs all the way down as Fan races to get the answers about the day her mother died and maybe, just maybe, the kind of cash that will pull her away from a continued life of crime. (Buy)
Blog Tour and Book Blitzes
Use your favorite social media app (Facebook or Twitter) to search for these blog tours.
A Fractured Winter by Alison Baillie; Three Secrets by Clare Boyd; Dead Girls by Graeme Cameron; Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh; Songs of Innocence by Anne Coates; Married Lies by Chris Collett; No Remorse by Robert Crouch; Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea; Dead Bad by Helen H. Durrant; Wrong Way Home by Isabelle Grey The TV Detective by Simon Hall; Absolution by Paul Hardisty; Last Goodbye by Arlene Hunt; The Development by Jackie Kabler; Dead As A Doornail by Tonya Kappes; Dying Truth by Angela Marsons; Tubing by K.A.McKeagney; Judge Walden: Back in Session by Peter Murphy; Her Name is Mercie by Chris Roy; Absent by Emma Salisbury; Lead Me Home by C.S. Savage; Blackout by Alex Segura; The Man Who Lived Twice by David Taylor; The Old You by Louise Voss; Game Players by Anita Waller; The Chosen Ones by Carol Wyer
Chapter in My Life: Interview with Nicole
“In a vat of molten lava.”
Murder in Common: Book Review: Bad Boy Boogie by Thomas Pluck
“Thomas Pluck writes some bitching prose with a steadfast hand, and thumping heart. There are debts to collect and Bad Boy Boogie shows how it’s done.”
Should You Put One or Two Spaces After a Period?
There’s some science. There’s aesthetics. Lines have been drawn. Spaces have been made. There will be blood. – DN
Killzone: Advanced Scene Technique: The Jump Cut
“White space is your friend.”
Creative writing: career, passion or hobby?
“Why do you write? Is it something that you want to do, something you have to do, or something you enjoy doing? Everyone has a different reason for diving into creative writing, and everyone has a different method.”
The Belgian Reviewer: Book Review: A Steep Price by Robert Dugoni
“I really like the Tracy Crosswhite series and I was so happy when a new addition to the series popped up. I couldn’t wait to catch up with all of the characters again. A Steep Price is another solid read in the series but yet again a very different type of novel compared to the previous one, and the one before that.”
Elena Hartwell: Writing and Publishing with Crime Writer Matt Coyle
“I’d like to say I’ve gotten more organized and the writing has gotten easier, but neither are true.”
Toe Six Press: We should all read more international and translated crime fiction
Though I dislike blog titles like this one, Brian Lindenmuth is on the right track. Getting a different perspective in one’s reading is a great idea.
Six academic writing habits that will boost productivity
No. 7: Stay of the internet.
How Authors Can Engage with Readers and Reviewers on Goodreads
“The other approach involves investing in building long term relationships with readers that can pay off over time.”
New Wave Crime
E.A. Aymar interviews Chantelle Aimee Osman about the new imprint, New Wave Crime, she’s heading up at Down & Out Books.
Kevin’s Corner: Book Review: Double Wide by Leo W. Banks
“This convoluted and fast-moving story won the 2018 Spur Award for Best First Novel and the 2018 Spur Award for Best Contemporary Western. It was also True West Magazine’s Best Western Crime Novel of the Year.” – Aubrey Hamilton
The Guardian: Book Review: Problems by Jade Sharma
“Don’t recommend Problems to your parents, or to your children, unless you’re one of those weird families who practise pelvic floor exercises together after dinner.”>
Make Your Characters More Interesting With Lies
“Lies are an under-used facet of real-life interaction that don’t get enough play in fiction. Characters telling too much truth too much of the time makes for some very boring, very rote storytelling. Simple lies, elaborate lies, systematic lies, Santa Claus lies—all ways to push a story and a character into a new, more interesting, more real place.”
Fragments of Noir: More Jim HcHugh
Return To Hiroshima by Bob Van Laerhoven
“One of the problems of the modern digital society is precisely that mass-media and social networks have wrecked havoc on our ability to use our imagination.”
No One Cares
“I’m a writer, and if that’s how I feel about books, imagine how the average reader feels. Lehane’s right: No one cares.”
Book Review: The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Boland
“The Millionaire’s Wife is a nail biting, edge of your seat read. I couldn’t sit still as I was dying to see how everything was going to end. I loved how the author throws some unexpected surprises in just to keep you on your toes whilst thrilling and exciting you to the max. What can I say apart from that I loved it. Psychological thriller fans, you have got to read this book!”
Book Review: Dark Lies by Nick Hollin
“The author certainly doesn’t hold back when it comes to really showing you the dark side of serial killers and that created an “anything can happen next” atmosphere.”
“Because of Bookselling Without Borders, young booksellers can come to understand their bookshop’s place in the larger bookselling ecosystem. They’ll come to see what they can do to cement their home shop into the culture of their own city, and they’ll make personal connections with booksellers around the world.”
JDM on Spillane (and Other Things)
“The best way to learn to write is by writhing, MacDonald said.”
Lost Years on Death Row – An Attorney and Author on the Slow Passage of Death Row Time
“But it’s hard not to wonder how you give someone back the time and everything else they lost with it while they were in prison”
12 Cover Artists Every Vintage Crime Lover Should Know
“Scanning the face-out selection of crime and thriller novels in a modern American bookshop, one can’t help but recognize homogeneity in cover designs.”
Who Will Buy Your Book?
The article everyone is talking about.
Ruth Mancini – Q&A
“My mother also loved books and we enjoyed pretending our life was one big story – a book or a movie.”
Signature Reads: The Trouble with Hating Ernest Hemingway
“It’s sometimes astonishing to me that it’s become my actual job to defend Ernest Hemingway to smart women everywhere. I wanted to hate him, too.”
Compulsive Reader: Book Review: I, Witness by Niki Mackay
“If you enjoy your books with dysfunctional families, clever twists, fast paced and gripping chapters, fascinating characters and an original and brilliant female Private Investigator – then pick up this book next.”
Mystery Readers Inc: Writing Retreats … and Writing the Retreat
“Some of my writer friends tell me I should plan my books before I start.”
Chicago Review of Books: America’s First Female Detective Was a Chicago ‘Girl in Disguise’
“I tell people that this particular work of historical fiction is a little history and a lot of fiction.”
The Millions: A Flash Fiction Roundtable: Short but Never Small
“It’s sort of like pruning a bonsai, trying to make this perfect, unique item that can be viewed and absorbed in a sitting or returned to and admired with a longer look.”
Jedidiah Ayres’ blog: Getting Dicked
“The event had to be rescheduled three times, due to Cheney’s avoidance of a full moon.”
NY Times: Making Good Time With the Pony Express
“I knew the Pony Express was fairly short-lived, but I didn’t realize it was only 18 months.”
The Petrona Award 2018 Winner
“Quicksand” by Malin Persson Giolito
The Rumpus: Three Excerpts from “Tiny Crimes”
“…Three exclusive excerpts from the anthology Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder, edited by Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nieto and forthcoming on June 5.”
Gingerbookgeek: Book Review: Deep Fear by Rachel Lynch
“To conclude I must say that ‘Deep Fear’ is one heck of a thrilling rollercoaster ride of a read and it is a book which I would wholeheartedly recommend to other readers.”
Chapter In My Life: Interview with Andy Barrett
“For a real hands-on approach I don’t think you can beat a good old stabbing. You get to watch the look in their eyes as the blade goes in.”
SleuthSayers: Noir at the Opportunity Bar
“Texas weather is quite fickle, often inappropriate for outside events where sweating is discouraged.”
Kevin’s Corner: Book Reviw: Texas Two-Step by Michael Pool
“Texas Two-Step is an intense read that works on every level.”
Col’s Criminal Library: Book Review: One Day in the Life of James Dean by Ian Ayris
“Despite the melancholy nature of this one, we do have some occasional slapstick, which momentarily lightens the mood. A moving, thoughtful and considered piece.”
Do Some Damage: Taking Stock, Forging Ahead
“Why are these people making me consider writing something I had no plans for? I have enough book ideas I want to get to. But I’m not entirely serious, of course. Who isn’t tickled when a person expresses enough interest in a character you wrote to say he’d like to see more of that character?”
Off-the Shelf Books: My Publishing Life with Louise Walters
Interview with Louise Walters, publisher and author.
LitHub: The 12 Best Sherlock Holmes Stories, According to Arthur Conan Doyle
“In practice I found that I had engaged myself in a serious task. In the first place I had to read the stories myself with some care.”
Crime Reads: A Spanish Author’s Guide to Spanish Crime Fiction
“We Spanish writers are moved by the tragedy of life, compelled the weight of history (the Spanish Civil War in particular), and concerned about political corruption and the effects of the appalling recent economic and social crisis.”
Bits about Books: Author Branding
“Branding, however, relates to and builds a readership, a following. Your book may not be hot on the charts two years from its publication day, but you as an author have connected to readers that follow your blog, read and comment on your posts, are eager to hear news about your writings and your next project because they feel a connection with you – the author. The brand.”
Art Taylor Writer: The First Two Pages: Called to Justice by Edith Maxwell
“The day had seemed an unlikely one to include death”
Andy Siegel Discusses Justice & His Legal Thriller Series
“The flaws are not in the system per se but rather in the manner in which an injured individual selects and hires their lawyer. People spend hours and hours researching what car they’re going to buy, but that same person will hire any accident lawyer upon the recommendation of a friend—or even a friend of a friend—without doing any due diligence.”
Bolo Books: Book Review: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
“For a number of years now, Jennifer Hillier has been writing a varied collection of excellent crime novels that have gained her a loyal following of fans and modest critical acclaim, but she is hardly a household name. On June 12, 2018, that is going to change.”
View From the Blue House: Book Review: Angels in the Moonlight by Caimh McDonnell
“As with the Dublin trilogy, the story moves at a relatively quick clip, has a number of well-penned, colourful characters, and has a streak of dark humour running throughout with a number of belly-laugh moments.”
April 2018 Debuts
Check out these thrillers.
Quick Fire at the Slaughterhouse: Interview with Ray Clark
“Although your story is not fully original, you can present in a way that it looks as if it is.”
My Litle Corner: Blood Bound Books – Anthology Call
As always you should be reaing My Little Corner without any help from me.
Author of the Week: Curt Colbert
“I sometimes think that my 1940’s private eye is rather like a jazz musician.”
Book Review: Nails by Emma Alice Johnson
“This is a frightening novella; a real slice of life filtered through a unique experience but full of humanity and humor that acts as a shield against the world.”
The Mighty Dozen
Happy Anniversary to an indispensable website!
I dare you to come out of these unscathed: The Factory series, by Derek Raymond
“Five or six times in a life you come across a book that sends electric shocks skittering and scorching through the whole of you and radically alters the way in which you perceive the world.”
Writing Doesn’t Have To Be Lonely. How To Find A Community
“No. 5: Combat isolation by getting out of the house. Go somewhere else to write”
Whispering Stories: Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Writing
“I never get bored of writing.”
Crime Watch: Obsessive characters and childhood thrillers: an interview with Araminta Hall
“My favourite writer in this genre is Patricia Highsmith …”
What Promotional Items Do Authors Really Need?
“You cannot bribe a reader into buying a book.”
Electric Lit: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Helped Invent the Curse of the Mummy
“Doyle’s own passionate politics, and his passionate pursuits into the irrational, remain impossible to detect in the Sherlock Holmes stories and novellas.”
7 Short Story Collections To Read This Year
Lydia Millet, Alfian Sa’at, Maxim Loskutoff, Joseph O’Neill, Lauren Groff, Zachary Mason, and Camille Acker.
Writers Thread: Noir Fiction: Where the Nature of Evil Unravels
“For me, stories are a rehearsal. I’m running from something. Hell, make no mistake, we’re all running from something—death.”
Gravetapping: Book Review: Killing Town by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
“Killing Town opens, in solid Spillane style, with a flash and a bang and barely wavers from beginning to end. Its trajectory fast and straight as a bullet, rifling Hammer from jailbird and murderer to knight-errant, friend and protector.”
The Millions: In Praise of the “Starter Book”
“I learned how to market your book when it doesn’t seem anyone else cares.”
Toe Six Press: Issue No. 6
New issue out!
Sons of Spade: Book Review: Stateline by Dan Reno
“The ride is enjoyable enough, though I didn’t care too much for the basic plot. Still, I’m going to read a few others in this series to see if the flaws get better because I see some promise in Dan Reno.”
New York Times Book Review: Country Dark by Chris Offutt
“This is the Chris Offutt book I’ve been waiting for — an achievement of spellbinding momentum and steadfast heart.”
My Little Corner: The Changing Face of Mystery Fiction
“I found that I didn’t care who did the murder. I got bored with Hercule Poirot sitting around and telling everyone they were wrong in their deductions and he was always right in that smug way of his.”
Western Fictioneers: I Think It’s Busted, Doc!
“And of course, an examination reveals all, a splint is manufactured, a snort of whiskey or a dose or two of laudanum and “You’ll be up and about in no time at all.” But in real life it is often more complex than that.”
Book Riot: Falling in Love with the Novel: The Moment Every Teacher Strives For
“When he completed the novel, all he had to say was ‘I wanted something different, but I got something more.'”
Thomas McGuane on Not Living the Writer’s Life
“And you end up loving and following the work of your fellow writers, and writing when it goes well, which is rare enough. But when it does, it’s the most exciting thing you can do.”
Do Some Damage: 47 Things They Don’t Teach in Author School
“Please, make sure you’re prepared to promote folks who aren’t yet big enough to be up there on that panel. Thank you.”
Meet the Reviewers Keeping Indie Lit Alive
“I generally avoid reading books published by The Big 5. Mainly because I have no interest in throwing money into a system that cranks out cookie cutter literature that will undoubtedly end up on best-seller lists everywhere.”
Kellye Garrett – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch
“I live in the future, meaning that I barely enjoy when anything good happens to me because I’m always thinking about the next step.”
Beneath the Stains of Time: Book Review: Murder Isn’t Easy by Richard Hull
“Murder Isn’t Easy is a character-driven, darkly comedic (semi) inverted detective story, but the plot is surprisingly satisfying as it twist and turns in lockstep with the narratives of its characters.”
SleuthSayers: Top Ten Peeves of Writing Teachers
“10. Students who don’t read.”
Do Some Damage: A Deadly Shade of Gold: Does the Longest Travis McGee Novel Hold Up?
“All of this is to say that A DEADLY SHADE OF GOLD is my least favorite book in this series to date. I’ve only read five—in order—and I’m looking forward to reading the sixth and see if, in my mind, MacDonald righted the ship.”
Crime Fiction Lover: Book Review: The Price You Pay by Aidan Truhen
“The Price You Pay is also a surprisingly warm book given the cool and calculating sociopathy of Jack Price. He’s not infallible either and for all his slightly manic thought processes he’s straight down the line. There’s no unreliable narrator here.”
Writers Who Kill: Working and Reworking that Opening Number
“This same friend reacted in horror when I confessed that I love revision.”
Brit Grit Alley: Brian Murphy: A Memorial by Tony Black
“When I went in, Brian was at the bar, stripped to the waist. A small crowd had formed to get a closer look at the hole in his back where a bullet had entered. The shot was fired during a drugs deal that had gone wrong. In Panama.”