Review: Death On A Hot Afternoon, by Paul D. Brazill


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Atlantis Lite-editions (2012). Format: Kindle Edition. 532 KB. 19 pages. ASIN: B00AJ885QO. ISBN: 97888866653936.

Death on a hot afternoon

Death On A Hot Afternoon is a short story written in the first person point of view by a freelance journalist called Luke Case. The action is set in Madrid six months  after the violent events narrated in Red Esperanto. Luke has been in Madrid just over a month and shares an apartment with Nathan Jones another hack some years his senior with a violent past. They both work occasionally for The Madrid Review, a magazine aimed at wealthy expatriates who swarm the capital of Spain and its environs. There is little work and the pay is not great, but they have some perks.

The heat of Madrid summer, is summarised in the following sentence:

“I’d recently grabbed the door handles of a taxi cab that have been lounging in the summer heat, ignoring the taxi driver’s warning, and burnt my hand. I was never good at listening to people’s advice.” 

Death On A Hot Afternoon  is a terrific read that I’ve enjoyed very much. I highly recommend it to all hardboiled fans. By the way, if you read this short story, I’m sure you will like to visit Bodega de la Ardosa the next time you come to Madrid.

Pity that one has to pay € 1.99 for just 19 pages.

Who the hell is Paul D. Brazill?

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Muerte en una tarde calurosa, de Paul D. Brazill

Muerte en una tarde calurosa es un cuento corto escrito en primera persona por un periodista freelance llamado Luke Case. La acción se desarrolla en Madrid seis meses después de los hechos violentos narrados en Red Esperanto. Luke lleva en Madrid poco más de un mes y comparte un apartamento con Nathan Jones otro periodista de poca monta algunos años mayor que él, con un pasado violento. Ambos trabajan ocasionalmente para The Madrid Review, una revista dirigida a los expatriados ricos que pululan por la capital de España y sus alrededores. Hay poco trabajo y la paga no es grande, pero tienen algunas ventajas.

El calos del verano madrileño, se resume en la siguiente frase:

“Recientemente agarré la empuñadrura de la puerta de un taxi que estaba esperando en el calor del verano y, haciendo caso omiso de la advertencia del taxista, me quemé la mano. Nunca he sido bueno escuchando los consejos de la gente “.

Muerte en una tarde calurosa es una lectura estupenda que he disfrutado mucho. La recomiendo a todos los fans de novela negra (hardboiled). Por cierto, si usted lee este cuento, estoy seguro de que le gustará visitar Bodega de la Ardosa la próxima vez que venga a Madrid.

Lástima que uno tenga que pagar € 1,99 por tan sólo 19 páginas.

8 thoughts on “Review: Death On A Hot Afternoon, by Paul D. Brazill

  1. Wow, thanks very much! Glad you enjoyed it! Bodega de la Ardosa is a brilliant bar- though I haven’t been there for over 10 years. The next Luke Case story takes him to Granada and we find out more about his murky past.

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