“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.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Colin Bateman: The One-Man Industry Returneth

Colin Bateman's proposed opera (!), King Billy, has been shelved, albeit temporarily - "It ain't over till the fat bringer of our freedoms sings," claims Bateman on his rather tasty blog. So what's the idling waster been up to lately, then? Erm, writing scripts for the new Rebus series (after getting the green light from Rankin himself, no less) and publishing his latest opus, I Predict A Riot (right), due next month. Oh, and he's editing a new anthology of short stories (scroll down) from Blackstaff Press. The lazy bugger ... Whatever happened to the Protestant work ethic, eh?

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