“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.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Weekly Seamus Smyth Update: No One, But No One, Is Bigger In Japan

Question: how come Seamus Smyth's Quinn wasn't THE Irish crime fiction success of the last decade? He's big in Japan, for one - he hit the Top 3 in the Japanese critics' list two years running, 2001 and 2002, fending off the likes of Thomas Harris, Scott Turow, Michael Connelly, Denis Lehane and Jeffrey Deaver in the process, AND the London Times raved it up - "For all its lightning exposition of Quinn's swaggering amorality, this first novel proves Smyth to be a truly original, febrile talent." And as if that wasn't enough, Quinn was Crime Always Pays' inaugural Lost Classic. Like, what more does the guy have to do?

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