“Hugo Hamilton has been praised and anthologized so I figured he was one of those pretentious literary shits. Suddenly I came face to balaclava’d, kebab-smeared face with one of his novels. Hey! Hugo Hamilton is a Headbanger! … A bit like Taxi Driver, except he’s driving a Garda patrol car … Bashing style into the crime thriller genre, Headbanger packs goofball rage, bizarre insight, attitude and kebab flavour into one fast, funny smack of a 230 page read. No superior literary airs, just damn fine writing.”Oh, and there’s a .mp3 version of the review to go along with that. Mick? If you’re reading this, we’ll be over with our monthly protection moolah later tonight. Get the Snakebites on ice.
“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.
Friday, June 8, 2007
Critical Mick: He Takes The Mick, Not Prisoners
The word from Critical Mick’s dank lair is that there’s a review of Andrew Nugent’s The Four Courts Murders on the way, and if you’re wondering why that’s such good news, you obviously haven’t encountered Mick’s inimitable style yet. Here’s the Mickster on Hugo Hamilton’s Headbanger, for example: