“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.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

This Week We're Reading ... The Lost Get-Back Boogie and The Midnight Choir

James Lee Burke's Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Lost Get-Back Boogie takes a bit of a kicking from Amazon's readers' reviews, but Crime Always Pays reckons it's one of his best of the non-Robicheaux novels ... Meanwhile, 'Cheer Up Weepy' Gene Kerrigan's latest, The Midnight Choir, is superior stuff to the normal police procedural according to a host of reviewers, not least of whom are the overworked Crime Always Pays staff (above, offering Weepy Gene the ultra-rare 'four-thumbs-aloft' treatment). Incidentally, if you fancy reviewing recent Irish crime fiction novels at the standard rate of one decapitated jelly-baby per paragraph, drop us a line in the comment box and we'll get back to you ...

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