“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Christine Falls 'N' Rises 'N' Falls 'N' Rises ...

The reviews for John Banville's / Benjamin Black's Christine Falls have been mostly positive, which is nice, although we're loving Critical Mick's MP3 review, the gist of which runneth thusly: "These 390 pages required a long dark, damp, January month." Meanwhile, the New York Times is pernicketishly ambivalent: " ... it’s hard to dismiss what emerges as a particularly insidious strain of misogyny ... this is a story in which women die, seemingly a punishment not only for their sexuality but also for their gender." Crumbs! The burning question: why wasn't The Book of Evidence considered a crime novel? We demand a recount!

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