Yep, it's rubber-hose time, folks: a rapid-fire pick-'n'-mix Q&A for those shifty-looking usual suspects ...
What crime novel would you most like to have written?
If we're talking Irish crime novel then Every Dead Thing. John Connolly rocks!!! Otherwise, anything by Ed McBain, James Ellroy or Elmore Leonard or George Pelecanos ... Andrew Vachss is great too ... how much space have you got?
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Paul Auster, the master of chance, but Henry Miller will always be king.
Most satisfying writing moment?
Starting a new novel with no known ending ...
The best Irish crime novel is …?
Ganglands by T.S. O'Rourke. You had to ask????
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
The pay / the hunger.
Why does John Banville use a pseudonym for writing crime?
So that people with lower brows might buy his books?
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Violent, sexual, social ...
Word around the campfire is, TS O'Rourke is currently embroiled in writing a new Dublin-based novel. Jump over here for updates.
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