Yep, it's rubber-hose time, folks: a rapid-fire pick-'n'-mix Q&A for those shifty-looking usual suspects ...
What crime novel would you most like to have written?
Tokyo by Mo Hayder.
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Most satisfying writing moment? When the manuscript goes off in the mail.
The best Irish crime novel is …?
Not gonna answer that one because I don't think I've read enough of them. Suffice it to say that Ken Bruen's books would likely be on the list of bests! I've also really enjoyed Julie Parsons and John Connolly, but I don't know if they're considered "Irish" enough?
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
Pretty much any of Ken's!
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
The worst? That you can never really turn it off. I feel as if I’m never really on vacation because I'm always thinking about the next book, or still re-writing the last one. The best? When an idea hits me for a new book, there's no greater high in all the world.
Why does John Banville use a pseudonym for writing crime?
I have no idea.
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Fast, dark, creepy.
Tess Gerritsen's latest, The Mephisto Club, is available now.
“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.