“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

The Thick Plottens: An Occasional Interweb Mash-Up Thingy

A nice little plug for Declan Hughes' The Colour of Blood in the Wall Street Journal, in which Laura Lippman (What The Dead Know) gives Deco the thumbs up: "He's doing a private-eye series set in Dublin. He's a good writer and Ireland today as a setting has a sense of shame and secrecy that the U.S. has lost. One of the hard things about being a crime writer now is determining what secrets people will still go to great lengths to keep.The Color of Blood is a straight homage to Ross Macdonald set in modern Ireland, a family story that goes back 30 years." Mmmmm, lovely ... Not so lovely is the Sacramento Bee's description of fair Adrian McKinty (left): "McKinty - whose publicity photo looks like a mug shot taken at a police booking - is an Irish author who immigrated to the United States in the 1990s and knocked around New York City before landing in Colorado." A mug shot? No call for that, missus ... Finally, Gene Kerrigan gets the velvet treatment from the New York Times for The Midnight Choir. "Maverick cops who write their own rules out of frustration with the criminal justice system are hardly unknown in detective fiction, but it’s rare to find one whose decline and fall is as tragic as that of Detective Inspector Harry Synnott, the Dublin police officer who loses his soul in Gene Kerrigan’s gripping procedural," says Marilyn Stasio. Which is nice ...

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