“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.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Missing, Presumed Deadly

We’re saps for dangerous dames around these here parts, folks, and sappier than usual for the rather gorgeous Arlene Hunt (right). But enough of our hormonal ragings – what news of our femme fatale du jour? Well, she’s got her latest, Missing Presumed Dead, hitting the shops just about now, and it's a ‘compulsive thriller that deals with loss, betrayal and revenge’ if her blurb-elves are to be believed (never trust a hippy, an Arsenal fan or a blurb-elf, as the old saying goes). Her fourth novel, this is the third in the series of ‘QuicK’ investigations and finds John Quigley and Sarah Kenny (they’ll be the Q ‘n’ K’ in the QuicK office, y’see) investigating the mayhem that ensues when Katie Jones, missing and presumed dead for 26 years, returns to Dublin waving a roscoe and pumping lead. Oh, and did we mention that Arlene has a brand spanking new blog up and running to promote her new tome? No? Damn, we really are slipping. We’ll have to tell you all about that one of these days … Meanwhile, if reviews like “It’s grim, gritty, terrifying” … “A riveting thriller” … “A transfixing whodunnit” are the kind of thing that might interest you, jump down this rabbit hole for plenty more of the same.

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