“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.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Goodbye, Queen Of Hearts ... Hello Eoin McNamee!

An eclectic chap, that Eoin McNamee: when he's not writing spy-vs-spy potboilers as John Creed, or children's fiction in a fantasy vein, he's knocking out the occasional top-class crime thriller, such as Resurrection Man, The Blue Tango and The Ultras. So it's entirely appropriate that his next novel, due in June, is 12:23: Paris. 31st August 1997 - a date that may or may not ring a bell with fans of the former Queen of All Our Achy-Breaky Hearts, aka Diana, the Princess of Wails, sorry, Wales. "Utterly compelling, McNamee's dramatising of the conspiracies and the obsessions around the tragic events of that night is brilliant and, as ever, poetic," says David Peace. Which is nice ...

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