“Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “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. “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Sad Song Says So Much

And there was us thinking we had all the Vincent Banville stuff you could ever want to own (including the toenail clippings we salvaged from his wheelie bin late one inspired and possibly drunken night) – but lo! We’d never been told about the novella, Sad Song! Just goes to show, folks, you’re in the hands of degenerate ignorami … Anyhoo, the novella is a small but perfectly formed private eye John Blaine tale, is available on audio (dive into this rabbit-hole for a sample), and comes complete with a short-‘n’-sweet big-’em-up, to wit: “Gripping, funny and stripped to the bone, Sad Song is a short novel that packs a punch like a fist in a velvet glove.” Which is nice … if you like being punched velvetly.

1 comment:

Euro Crime said...

Thanks for the tip, I'd seen it in the library and not noticed it was a crime novel. An Accident Waiting to Happen is also a Blaine novella.

I read Courtia Newland's The Dying Wish, part of last year's Quick Reads series, where he brings back his PI - Ervine James.