The Science of Paul

Paul Little

Book 1
Shotgun Honey, an imprint of Down & Out Books
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Ex-convict Paul Little has just walked out on the only woman who has ever loved him to return to a life of crime in Philadelphia. But when Paul gets involved with a petty thug who is later murdered, he finds himself pinned between the volatile gangster accused of the crime and the straight-laced detective who put Paul away years ago. Realizing the city may be the death of him, Paul looks to escape to North Carolina and live alone on a farm left to him by his recently deceased grandfather.

 

Can Paul survive long enough to make it to the succor of the farm? Will he inevitably return to a life behind bars? Or is it his fate to die a victim in Philadelphia?

 

The Science of Paul is a stunning tale of redemption and self-exploration, as one man navigates the precariousness of the streets and the inner workings of his mind.

 

Praise for THE SCIENCE OF PAUL:

 

“A finely-drawn character study of a man battling fate to escape the inevitable gravity of a life of crime. Reminiscent of the existential crime novels of Jean-Patrick Manchette. That we care so much about Paul is testament to Aaron Philip Clark’s skill.”—Eric Beetner, author of One Too Many Blows to the Head and Borrowed Trouble

 

“Aaron Philip Clark’s The Science of Paul has all the makings of a modern noir classic. Noir in its purest form always reads like a punch to the gut and The Science of Paul delivers that kind of blow right from page one. ‘No apologies, no regrets’ should be this novel’s motto.”—Gar Anthony Haywood, author of Cemetery Road

 

“The eponymous protagonist of Aaron Clarke’s scorching, gripping The Science of Paul is an ex-con, a booze hound, a haunted drifter. Deep in the heart of America’s south, which seems only just north of hell, he emotionlessly buries his grandfather and, with a beautiful woman in tow, drives off at full speed, slap-bang into the classic noir paradigm. This is a car wreck well worth risking your neck to see.”—Paul D. Brazill, author of Last Year’s Man

 

“With the relentless moth-to-flame inevitability of classic noir, Aaron Philip Clark’s angry ex-con finds trouble on Philadelphia’s mean streets. Vivid characterization and a sharp eye for the fault lines in American society drive this impressive debut.”—Roger Smith, author of Wake-Up Dead and Mixed Blood

 

“T.S. Eliot referred to it as tradition and individual talent, the manner in which new work at once honors, builds upon, and questions what has come before. Chester Himes, Richard Wright, James Baldwin—Aaron Philip Clark has been paying attention. “—James Sallis, author of Cypress Grove and Chester Himes: A Life

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Shotgun Honey, an imprint of Down & Out Books
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Jun 8, 2018
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236
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English
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Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Noir
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Christian, conservative, and facing fiscal bankruptcy, Pharris County is a casualty of the economic downturn and the demise of big tobacco. And it’s where Paul Little begins a new life on his deceased grandfather’s farm. But his self-imposed exile is short-lived when he meets “Bo”, a former Sheriff and his grandfather’s old friend, and Gilly Catlett, a precocious girl with a dark secret.

 

Paul’s splendid isolation is repeatedly interrupted by Gilly, who begs to fish his pond and has a penchant for conversation. An unlikely friendship forms between them, but when Gilly is discovered strangled and her lifeless body floating in his pond, the Sheriff deems Paul suspect number one. Facing a potential frame, Paul soon learns there is no justice in Pharris County. Rumors of wrongful convictions, corruption among county officials and law enforcement, and racial intolerance that echoes views of the past ensures Paul an uphill battle.

 

As the Sheriff doggedly pursues Paul as the killer, Paul turns to Bo and an empathetic local named Luisa Ferry for help. Now, the man who longed to be alone must rely on others in the fight to prove his innocence and bring Gilly Catlett’s true killer to justice.

 

Praise for A HEALTHY FEAR OF MAN:

 

“They say still waters run deep and Aaron Philip Clark’s books are exactly that—a calm surface over a roiling and violent depth. A perfect example of a crime novel being about so much more than crime.” —Eric Beetner, author of Rumrunners

 

“T.S. Eliot referred to it as tradition and individual talent, the manner in which new work at once honors, builds upon, and questions what has come before. Chester Himes, Richard Wright, James Baldwin—Aaron Philip Clark has been paying attention.”—James Sallis, author of Cypress Grove and Chester Himes: A Life

 

Christian, conservative, and facing fiscal bankruptcy, Pharris County is a casualty of the economic downturn and the demise of big tobacco. And it’s where Paul Little begins a new life on his deceased grandfather’s farm. But his self-imposed exile is short-lived when he meets “Bo”, a former Sheriff and his grandfather’s old friend, and Gilly Catlett, a precocious girl with a dark secret.

 

Paul’s splendid isolation is repeatedly interrupted by Gilly, who begs to fish his pond and has a penchant for conversation. An unlikely friendship forms between them, but when Gilly is discovered strangled and her lifeless body floating in his pond, the Sheriff deems Paul suspect number one. Facing a potential frame, Paul soon learns there is no justice in Pharris County. Rumors of wrongful convictions, corruption among county officials and law enforcement, and racial intolerance that echoes views of the past ensures Paul an uphill battle.

 

As the Sheriff doggedly pursues Paul as the killer, Paul turns to Bo and an empathetic local named Luisa Ferry for help. Now, the man who longed to be alone must rely on others in the fight to prove his innocence and bring Gilly Catlett’s true killer to justice.

 

Praise for A HEALTHY FEAR OF MAN:

 

“They say still waters run deep and Aaron Philip Clark’s books are exactly that—a calm surface over a roiling and violent depth. A perfect example of a crime novel being about so much more than crime.” —Eric Beetner, author of Rumrunners

 

“T.S. Eliot referred to it as tradition and individual talent, the manner in which new work at once honors, builds upon, and questions what has come before. Chester Himes, Richard Wright, James Baldwin—Aaron Philip Clark has been paying attention.”—James Sallis, author of Cypress Grove and Chester Himes: A Life

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Suzanne Tyler barely knew her father. But when she’s given a series of secret diaries and eight mysterious photographs of women from his possessions, she knows she won’t be able to rest until she knows the truth about him. 

 

To Suzanne’s shock, one of the photos is of her friend Sophie, who died ten years ago in an unexplained and devastating fire.

But Don only met Sophie once, on an unsettling visit he paid Suzanne just days before Sophie’s death... So why did he have a picture of her?

 

Unable to let Sophie’s memory alone, Suzanne begins to dig into her father’s life. What horrors is she about to unearth in his diaries? And who is it that’s out there, watching her every move?

 

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