“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 1, 2007

Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peas

A few interviews with writerly types, people – Brian McGilloway bares his soul to the rather wonderful It’s A Crime! (Or A Mystery), revealing that it was a visit to Belfast’s emporium of darkness, No Alibis, way back when which first got him trudging down those mean streets, and that he read nothing but crime fiction from then on in. “I went in browsing one day," says Brian (right) "and came out with a compendium of the first three Colin Dexter novels and a copy of Ian Rankin’s Black and Blue. From then, I read all the Morse and Rebus novels before widening my reading further. Since then, crime fiction has been the main element of my reading. Until I started writing it ...” Meanwhile, He Who Must Be Called Bateman turned up on the Front Row on BBC Radio 4 during the week, to tell the world at large why he’s no longer allowed to call himself Colin, and why the covers of his books have been (unfairly, wethinks) remodelled along the lines of Christopher Brookmyre’s. Although he probably has a word or nineteen to spare for his latest offering, I Predict A Riot … Finally, it’s an oldie-but-goodie: Julie Parsons (left) on BBC’s Woman’s Hour, from last year, where she talks about the recently published The Hourglass and discusses the disappearance of her father at sea when she was a child, which she reckons was a huge influence on her developing an interest in psychological thrillers, and the culture shock involved in moving from her native New Zealand to Ireland as a young girl … and while we’re at it, here’s an interview Julie did with Shots Mag on the release of The Hourglass. No, don’t thank us – we’re only doing our job. Badly.

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