“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

This Week We're Reading ... No Country For Old Men and The Moon In The Gutter

"Cormac McCarthy is like a man who spends hours in front of the mirror getting his hair to sit just right but will break your jaw if you tell him he's beautiful." Genius. Jump here for more of the same from The Guardian's Adam Mars-Jones, or elsewhere for some high-falutin' wibbling ... As for yon Goodis, the 'pitilessly hardboiled' ... 'Knut Hamsun of Noir' - according to Ed Gorman, "David Goodis didn't write novels, he wrote suicide notes." Trundle over here for some readers' reviews of The Moon in the Gutter, and here for a look at Goodis' hardboiled Philadelphia ...

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