“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 16, 2007
Crime Fiction: It's Just One Rung Up The Ladder From Your Actual Porn, Isn't It?
Contracted to review crime fiction for the Washington Post five years ago, Patrick Anderson had something of a Damascene revelation - some crime fiction writers could actually, y'know, write. Lummee! And that crime fiction has gone mainstream! Corks!! "Look at the American bestseller lists any Sunday," says Patrick over at his Guardian blog, plugging his book The Triumph of the Thriller, "and you'll find that at least half of the novels listed are thrillers of one sort or another ... Today, suspense, not sex, is the engine that drives popular fiction." And not only that, but he's lauding " ... the wildly creative work of Irish-born Ken Bruen and Adrian McKinty. Great crime fiction is being written today on both sides of the Atlantic, and no one should be ashamed of enjoying it." Yowsa! He likes us, he really, really likes us ...