“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

The Route To All Evil

“Another misconception is that thrillers are not well written. Pat Mullan knocks that notion right out of the water. That he is a poet is immediately evident and when you think of that other fine poet, James Lee Burke, you’ll know you’re in the same creative territory.” So says Ken Bruen about Circle of Sodom, Pat Mullan’s (right) previous offering, so bugger knows how he’s going to top that for Pat’s up-comer, The Root Of All Evil. The novel kicked off as a short story, Tribunal, in the Bruen-edited Dublin Noir, and is currently being put to bed – expect to hear a lot more about it shortly. Meantime, here’s an interview with Pat on Up Close and Personal, where he’s intro’d as the ‘John Grisham’ and ‘Clancy’ of Ireland. But don’t let that put you off – he’s a lot closer in spirit to Jack Higgins, and that ain’t no bad thing.

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