“Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “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. “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

A Psycho Is A Person In Your Neighbourhood: American Skin, Ken Bruen

Ken Bruen's American Skin is getting the kind of reviews that tend to give writers moist nether garments ("the scariest damn book I've read all year" ... "a dark, hilarious nightmare of a book that stretches genres and concepts" ... "an instant noir cult classic" - and there's plenty more where they came from). It's also on Barnes and Noble's Best of 2006 crime list. So WHY THE HELL HASN'T IT BEEN RELEASED THIS SIDE OF THE POND? EH? And who the hell do we have to blow to get a review copy? Sheesh ...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Forgive my ignorance as I'm pretty new to this crime novel lark, but what's Ken Bruen's best work to start off with?
Bobby the Rookie

Declan Burke said...

Bob the Rookie ... try The Guards, it's the first of Bruen's Jack Taylor series ... or Rilke on Black, if you can get your hands on it ... or A White Arrest. Cheers, DB

Anonymous said...

I'll check him out.
Bobby the Rookie

Critical Mick said...

My fave Bruen is actually London Boulevard, though Dec is right to call for The Guards. Here's an unruly review: http://www.criticalmick.com/criticalmick_the_guards.htm

Anonymous said...

Good review, Critical Mick. Thanks for that. I'll give it a go.
Bobby the Rookie.