You know this independent publishing blummery is getting somewhere when Critical Mick has your humble offering on the top of his nightstand reading pile (right, squint hard). Huzzah! But lo! - what's this? A review in the Irish Indo courtesy of Myles McWeeney that says something like "an out-and-out original, with crackling dialogue and sharp wit". Lummee! But stay - there's more! Yep, the current Village magazine weighs in with a full-page review that dares to suggest that The Big O is "a very funny thriller, packed tight with cracking moments and sizzling dialogue"*. Criminy! Where will it all end, people? Eh?
*In the interests of transparency, accountability, yadda-yadda-blah, we should really point out that Declan Burke writes movie reviews for Village magazine. But he's definitely not Edward O'Hare. And he hasn't paid for Edward O'Hare to have a new fitted kitchen in, oh, it must be weeks now.
“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.