Teaser

In case anyone missed it:

In the festering criminal toilet that is Paris Gare du Nord, I looked at the board for the Eurostar and noted the time. I was in the most savage of moods and not hiding it well. If I went through passport control like this, they’d chuck me in jail. I needed some air.

Stepping out of the glass-covered annex and onto the Rue de Dunkerque, I saw a man break off from a group and amble over. He fell in beside me, matching my pace, while playing with a folded banknote in the palm of a dirty brown hand.

“Taxi? Where you go?” he said.

He looked more con artist than taxi driver. You could be sure he’d not understand the word “meter” whatever language you tried, and he’d be tragically short of change, even for a ten-Euro note. He turned away when I shook my head. A young African with a pointy beard looked at me twice before addressing me in French. I ignored him by staring vacantly across the street at hotels whose windows hadn’t been cleaned since de Gaulle was in charge. Groups of tourists sat on the pavement eating sandwiches around clustered suitcases. One of them was shouting at a tough-looking Chinese woman who’d kicked her as she walked past. If it was accidental, she didn’t look too sorry about it. Two men of Slavic appearance hovered like a pair of crows, one wearing three-stripe tracksuit bottoms and the other filthy denims, speaking in low voices and looking up to no good. More men loitered, assuredly with intent, and one peeled himself away from a wall and approached me. Turning around to avoid him, I nearly collided with a scooter that was moving too fast along the sidewalk, ridden by a pale youth talking on the phone. A row of standing stone figures on the station’s facade watched matters below with swords and shields to hand. I wondered if they ought not step down occasionally and put them to use.

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26 thoughts on “Teaser

  1. I spotted the subtlety with which you told us that the protagonist is American. I must say, though, that he thinks in pretty good English for an American.

  2. I spotted the subtlety with which you told us that the protagonist is American.

    Alas, he’s British but I had the whole thing edited in American English. Not that it seems to matter whether I’d written it in pidgin at this point…

  3. I know it is only a brief hop on the search engine away, but I do suspect you’d make more sales if you stuck in some super-obvious “where to buy” links. Not entirely rational – anyone prepared to part with money for something would surely exert ten seconds of typing effort to find where it is for sale? – but then people ain’t entirely rational…

  4. I know it is only a brief hop on the search engine away, but I do suspect you’d make more sales if you stuck in some super-obvious “where to buy” links.

    Good point – as you can probably tell, I’m new to marketing! Thanks!

  5. The snippet was intriguing. I’ve purchased the Kindle edition, and will be reading it as time permits.

  6. I was about to review it after starting it, wanting that hour to two of my life back. It took over six chapters to get interesting, nearly eleven to take off.

    Good easy read for waiting rooms, or during air travel. Didn’t get the ending. Don’t know any guys that would have done that. Closure comes from slamming the door in her face, lucky to not be Cpt. Saveaho.

    BTW, priced so low there’s no reason not to pick it up.

  7. Shit, dude.

    Shit.

    That was fucking Chandler-esque, and I mean that as the highest of compliments.

    Screw the crazy Russian chick stories, you can make coin writing hardboiled neo-noir if you’re game for it.

  8. That was fucking Chandler-esque, and I mean that as the highest of compliments.

    Wow! Praise indeed! Thanks!

    Screw the crazy Russian chick stories, you can make coin writing hardboiled neo-noir if you’re game for it.

    That’s exactly what the next one will be.

  9. I was about to review it after starting it, wanting that hour to two of my life back. It took over six chapters to get interesting, nearly eleven to take off.

    Fair comment!

    BTW, priced so low there’s no reason not to pick it up.

    Indeed: there’s no such thing as a bad product, just a bad price!

  10. The snippet was intriguing. I’ve purchased the Kindle edition, and will be reading it as time permits.

    Thanks!

  11. I’m waiting for the paperback. I may well buy several and donate them to libraries.

    Great! I’ve ordered a paperback to check the printing: it causes some delay but the last thing I want is for people to order them and find some major flaw with the setup. I’m hoping to get it early next week and, if all goes well, the paperback should be on sale immediately.

  12. The fucking Gare du Nord, Jesus. I was going through there with a bike box two years ago. The RER lines had shut for an unexplained reason so I had to get a taxi, quickly. The queues for the metered ones outside were miles long, but someone approached me and asked if I wanted a cab.

    Fuck it, I decided, why not.

    As we got into the lift there was an altercation as three men tried to grab my bike box, one of them shouting that it was his and I had stolen it. Me and the taxi driver literally had to fight them off as the lift door closed.

    Eventually drove the five km to Gare de Lyon whereupon he charged me 65 euros. Could have been worse, I suppose.

    I think you would have to try hard to find two more contrasting railway stations in any city in the world than the Gare du Nord and the Gare de Lyon.

  13. I’d like to revise and extend my comment. Seems unfair that I didn’t include that I picked up at chapter 10 while eating lunch, and then burned a few hours finishing it before getting back to work

  14. Bought!

    long time reader of your blog here.
    Heading off on holiday in a week & looking forward to the read (not sure of the subject though but hey ho). Will write an honest review on my return.

    Question – how the hell do you find time to write this blog, write a novel and hold down a full time job? Always thought you boys working for operators had the life of Riley!

    Anyways, congratulations on the publication.

  15. I just bought it on Kindle. Sorry I took so long.
    I too was hooked by the teaser.

  16. The fucking Gare du Nord, Jesus.

    Heh! I wrote that intro by going to the Gare du Nord in summer 2016, standing outside for ten minutes, and simply noting what I saw. What a dump.

  17. Heading off on holiday in a week & looking forward to the read (not sure of the subject though but hey ho). Will write an honest review on my return.

    Awesome, thanks!

    Question – how the hell do you find time to write this blog, write a novel and hold down a full time job? Always thought you boys working for operators had the life of Riley!

    A few reasons:

    1. I type fast, and can write a post or scene as fast as I can type, i.e. assembling the thoughts doesn’t take long.
    2. I have no kids.
    3. I have no commute, just a 10-minute walk.
    4. I am very well organised to the point lighthouse keepers envy me for my spare time.
    5. The oil price crash means my brain is not used much in the office.

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