Category Archives: PARIS

LONG GONE LONG by Peter Nolan Smith

Twenty-five minutes after the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve 1982 a masked assassin shot dead the main investor a block away from the Continental Club on West 25th Street. The FBI and NYPD’s Internal Affairs investigating Viktor Malenski’s murder quickly drew lines between the dots. My ex-girlfriend was living with the dead man’s partner. My boss [...]

Pas De Voitures

Last Friday Devlin and I arrived at Gare Du Nord from Bruxelles. We had read in the newspaper that Paris was suffering from a toxic smog. The pollution levels hit 180 microgrammes of PM10 particulates per cubic metre, which was twice more the safety limit of 80. The Hotel de Ville banned cars from within [...]

LONG PRONG by Peter Nolan Smith

One night at the Privilege in Paris I was talking to a Vogue cover girl and said, “My friend really likes you.” “Vonelli?” “Yes.” The bearded art dealer made me laugh and I like that in anyone. “Not a chance.” Brigitte was nicknamed Cruella. She had broken many hearts, but I was immune to her [...]

HERMAPHRODITE by Peter Nolan Smith

Back in the early 80s the Louvre belonged to art historians and serious affectionados of the better things in life. Few common people visited the museum’s dusty corridors, so I could study the paintings at length without any disturbance. at that time I was working the door of the Bains-Douches nightclub and my friend Alabama [...]

Oink Oink Sniffer Snout

Back in the 80s I was exiting Paris at Charles De Gaulle Aeroport. A French SWAT team cordoned off a corridor. An unclaimed bag lay against the wall. After a minute a small pig trotted over to the bag and sniffed at the potential ‘bombe’ with its pink little snout. The pig shook its head [...]