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Brainquake by Samuel Fuller


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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 His books all edge around the frontiers of pulp and this newly-discovered previously unpublished in English novel has all his customary ingredients to the fore.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!

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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

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Publication date

15th August 2014


Samuel Fuller

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Titan Books Ltd


272 pages


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