“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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Giving Away Free Stuff: Ain't It Just Wunnerful?

Fans of freebies, giveaways and the whole interweb economy malarkey might want to jump over to John Connolly's blog, where he's giving away a copy of The Unquiet AND its accompanying CD to the fan who pitches in with the best review of their favourite album. Yep, it's that easy ... although you'll need to hurry, the comp finishes up on May 20. Crime Always Pays' collective choice is Rollerskate Skinny's Horsedrawn Wishes (1996), a masterpiece that stuck it to Mercury Rev before the Revsters got out of first gear. How cool were the Skinny? Well, even if they'd never recorded a note, they took their name from a line out of The Catcher in the Rye, which makes it the coolest name in the entire history of rock 'n' roll ... fact.

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