“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 4, 2007
No Alibis: They Just Can't Stop Giving
Is it just us, or does Eoin McNamee (right) look like something out of Thomas Hardy novel? You can judge for yourself on June 22, when Eoin fetches up at Belfast’s specialist crime bookstore No Alibis to celebrate the launch of his latest novel, 12:33 (etc.), a fictionalised account of the death of Diana Spencer, aka the Princess of Wails, as seen through the eyes of the various men deputised to keep her erstwhile highness under wraps. Will this be the novel that finally puts all those conspiracy theories to bed? Not by a metric mile … Meanwhile, not content with showcasing Eoin’s latest, No Alibis is also hosting Harlan Coben (left), who’ll be swanking around the place showing off his bright ‘n’ shiny new stand-alone, The Woods, on July 19. “Harlan Coben is the modern master of the hook-and-twist,” says Harlan’s bezzie mate, Dan Brown (who he?), “luring you in on the first page only to shock you on the last.” If it’s authors in promo vids bigging up their new books that tends to fizz your gin, shuffle over here to Harlan’s official site for a look-see …