Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “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 2, 2007

Hark! Is That A Trumpet Parp We Hear?

There we were, happily trawling around for some Ken Bruen material, when we stumbled across the best hardboiled and noir books published since 2000. Lawksamussy, there was yon Eight Ball Boogie in company with Ken Bruen, George Pelacanos, Richard Stark, James Sallis, Michael Connelly and Joe Gores. Did we soil ourselves with excitement? T'was a close-run thing, people, and no mistake ... except then we spotted this from last Saturday's Indo, and lost the run of ourselves completely. We'll be declaring ourselves an independent republic next ...