“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 8, 2007
The Monday Review - But Lawks! 'Tis A Tuesday!
The rather gorgeous Alex Barclay's (left) The Caller got the Myles McWeeney treatment in Saturday's Indo, although even Myles, generally the Irish crime writer's VBF, is unusually circumspect: "(it) really needed more rigorous editing. There are too many back-references to past events, too many extraneous issues and too many characters to keep track of." Crumbs! Meanwhile, Ken Bruen's Cross got an intellectual grilling over at The Guardian last week, in which Bruen's sixth outing for former 'Guarda' (sic) officer Jack Taylor becomes a "compelling portrait of a haunted man" in a tale that's "less a whodunit than a what-to-do-about-it". Which is nice ...