“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, May 30, 2007

At Play In The Fields Of The Glynn

If you haven’t come across Alan Glynn’s drug-fuelled masterpiece The Dark Fields yet, you should have – “Scary and brilliantly written, the book should have been a best-seller,” says Declan Hughes over at the The Rap Sheet (scroll down), while on its release the New York Times chipped in with, “There are enough twists and thrills to keep readers up late – even without resorting to illegal and dangerous substances.” Unsurprisingly, The Dark Fields has been picked up for the big screen treatment – the film rights have been sold to Miramax, and pre-production is ongoing as you read. Meanwhile, Glynn is beavering away on his latest, Winterland – which may or may not be about paranoid crazies consuming vast amounts of, erm, ‘snow’. We’ll keep you posted (sniffle) …

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