“Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “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. “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Monday Review: The Ken Bruen / John Connolly Slapdown!

Yet another cracking review for Ken Bruen, although the Washington Post is a little off the pace - they're reviewing Priest (right) when the rest of the world has its nose buried in Bruen's latest, Cross. Quoth the Post: "Bruen exploits the dark potential of the mystery form to its fullest, using his tale to pose disturbing existential questions only to come up with answers as hollow as Hammett's Maltese Falcon." Sweet. Closer to home, John Connolly's The Unquiet (left) gets the Irish Times treatment, to wit: "(It) demonstrates that the author is now just as interested in developing iconic themes and an intense atmosphere of unease as in creating more serial killers for Parker to blow away." It being the Old Lady, of course, you can't read the full review - she's subscription only, the mean tart. So here's Connolly's interview with The Independent and last week's Sunday Business Post review to make up for it ...

2 comments:

Serena Joy said...

I haven't read Bruen, though now I can see that I must, but I eagerly anticipate each new Connolly novel.

Declan Burke said...

Hi Serena - A lot of people here in Ireland consider Ken Bruen the yardstick, myself included, although he's much bigger in the States ... he won the Edgar last year for Best Novel. He's one-of-a-kind, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Declan