Thursday, August 25, 2011
E-book Bargain of the Week: Beat on the Brat by Nigel Bird
And with good reason. It's a sharply written tale about the cost of loyalty expertly told from multiple perspectives. "Beat on the Brat" also highlights Bird's aptitude for writing hardboiled stories that are simultaneously moving and emotionally complex -- no easy feat.
One of my favorites here is "Back to Black." This nuanced short takes the reader to the back alleys of Tranent and gets inside the mind of a child molester who has returned to his hometown. Bird's gift for creating sympathetic characters is on display here and at the end, I can't help but feel bad for the bad guy.
"Dance with Me" is one I hadn't seen before about a bounty hunter and a criminal linked together by handcuffs at JFK. It's punchy and funny with a good twist.
This is Bird's second well-crafted collection of Brit Grit stories this year. Check it out for only 99 cents on Amazon.