Peter Ord

Created by Paul D. Brazil

“Some twat, somewhere, was playing a U2 song, over and over again, and all was far from friggin’ quiet on New Year’s  Day.”
— Peter greets the New Year with a hangover, a flat beer and little appreciation for Bono & the boys, in Gumshoe Blues

Liberally laced with black humour, with a spritz of Don Quixote laid on top for good measure, Gumshoe Blues (2019) is some kinda read. Some kinda rough, cheeky, up-yours kinda read, I should add.

With his marriage in free-fall and his sobriety no longer much of a concern to anyone who gives a damn, middle-aged schlub PETER ORD decides to chuck it all and become a private eye.

Because… why the fuck not?

And thus begins a series of “investigations” that wobble between drunken, fall-on-your-face farce and cry-in-your-beer tragedy, as stumblebum Peter and his none-too-bright drinking buddies (Bryn Laden, anyone?) try to maneuver the mean streets of their shit hole waterfront town, presumably somewhere in the U.K., without getting lost. Or killed.

Paul D. Brazill was born in England and lives in Poland. His books include Last Year’s Man, Guns Of Brixton, Too Many Crooks, A Case Of Noir, and Kill Me Quick!, which have been translated into Italian, Finnish, Polish, German and Slovene. His short fiction, including the adventures of werewolf eye Roman Dalton, have been published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime.


  • “The adventures of this PI feel like they rolled out of a Tom Waits song — crime with the feel of a shaggy dog story”
    — K.A. Laity
  • “An original homebrew with a kick. Well worth sampling.”
    — Mark Ramsden


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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