Search our site
The Heart of Mars by Paul Magrs Read the opening extract of the brand new Paul Magrs book before its publication on 15/03/2018

Brainquake by Samuel Fuller


Part of the Hard Case Crime Series
Thriller / Suspense   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Crime/Mystery/Thriller Facebook group Share this book

Maxim Jakubowski's view...

A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

The legendary macho American film director of THE NAKED KISS, PICK UP ON SOUTH STREET and many other brutalist thrillers and war movies also enjoyed a career as a writer. His books all edge around the frontiers of pulp and this newly-discovered previously unpublished in English novel has all his customary ingredients to the fore. Paul is a bag man for the Mob who suffers from a creeping brain disease and one day makes the fatal mistake of falling for the soon-widowed wife of a dangerous criminal. The path to madness and pain opens up immediately under his uncertain feet and the tale spins off into fatalistic avenues and desperate noir romance of the highest order and will leave you quite breathless. Would have made a great Fuller movie too!

Who is Maxim Jakubowski

Win Books from the Manon Bradshaw Thriller Series!

Persons Unknown, the second book in Susie Steiner's crime thriller series, is now out in paperback and to mark the publication we are giving away paperback copies of both Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown to THREE lucky winners!

To have a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 30 April 2018. The winners will be notified by 14 May 2018,

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 30/04/2018


Brainquake by Samuel Fuller

The bagmen who transport money for organized crime live by a set of rules: no personal relationships, no ties, no women...and never, ever look inside the bag you're carrying. Paul Page was the perfect bagman, despite suffering from a rare brain disorder. But that ended the day he saw a beautiful Mob wife become a Mob widow. Now Paul is going to break every rule he's lived by - even if it means he might be left holding the bag.


'BRAINQUAKE is essential reading for all crime fiction fans and another reason to celebrate this unique and gifted yarn-spinner.'

- Bookgasm

'HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION POSSIBLE. Listen up: I devoured BRAINQUAKE in two sittings. It was that riveting, that compelling, that interesting.'


'It's the beauty of both Brainquake and Fuller as an artist--the ugly, savage, lingering fear which keeps Brainquake teetering and readers salivating for more.'

- Cinema Sentries

'This is Fuller at his best and worth a read if you're a fan of his work or a fan of great crime novels. It's uncompromising and hard hitting; you will not want to put this book down.'

- City of Films

'If you're a fan of this pulp genre, this will be one solid read.'

- Retrenders

'If you enjoy a good crime story with some twists and turns give Brainquake a look-see.'

- Pop Cults

'Brainquake is a good read and one well worth checking out for fans of old mafia films or fans of the Hard Case Crime novel series.'


'Brainquake is crackerjack entertaining, but also skillfully measured and constructed.

- The Playlist

'It's a Saturday matinee and pulp fiction in the purest sense, although there is a depth to it, particularly when Fuller is riffing on his characters.'

- Lit Reactor

'It's uncompromising and hard hitting; you will not want to put this book down.'

- City of Films

'A word to the wary noir aficionado: If you start this book, don't plan to do anything else for a while. Like sleeping.'

- News OK

'The dialogue blasts out like gunshots and his tabloid inspired prose has the punchy feel of his editing. The emotions are raw and heightened. Everything is heightened, yet retains the truth in its main characters. Brainquake is full on Fuller.'

- Mystery People

'Filled with powerful imagery and violence --- Brainquake is crackerjack entertaining, but also skillfully measured and constructed'

- Indiewire

'Brainquake is exactly what it needs to be; there is mystery, crime, intrigue, and plot twists a plenty.'

- Pop Cults

'Well worth checking out.'

- BGG After Dark

'You will not want to put this book down until the final bloody pages score across your brain pan. While I hesitate to ever proclaim a novel perfect, Brainquake makes quite the violent case for the designation.'

- Mania

'An overheated, overstuffed and never less than entertaining slab of Fuller's expansive pulp imagination.'

- Turner Classic Movies

About the Author

Crime reporter, freelance journalist, pulp novelist, screenwriter, World War II infantryman- Samuel Fuller (August 12, 1912 - October 30, 1997) was a jack of all trades before the high-school dropout directed his first film at age thirty-six. But once he was contacted by Poverty Row producer Robert L. Lippert, a fan of his writing, Fuller was turned on to cinema-his true calling. A singularly audacious visionary of the B-movie variety, Fuller would

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

15th August 2014


Samuel Fuller

More books by Samuel Fuller
Author 'Like for Like'


Titan Books Ltd


272 pages


Thriller / Suspense
eBook Favourites

Crime & mystery



Lovereading always comes up with great suggestions and has introduced me to enjoyable books and new authors to discover.

Gaynor Passmore

Lovereading does a stella job in promoting both new and established authors.

Iris Clements

I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin

I love reading books I wouldn't normally choose before everyone else gets to read them!

Dawn Lynch

Discover new authors and enjoy old favourites; oodles of literary gems to uncover at Lovereading with candid reviews from real reviewers.

Emily Wright

I 'Lovereading' because it lets me see what new books are around with a detailed synopsis and readers' reviews.

Judith Sharp

Books of the month/debuts of the month, kids/adults, fiction/non-fiction, free prize draws and free extracts, what's not to love?

Emma Smith