Yep, it’s rubber-hose time, folks: a rapid-fire Q&A for those shifty-looking usual suspects ...
What crime novel would you most like to have written?
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane or Asylum by Patrick McGrath.
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Hmmm! I’ll pass on that one.
Most satisfying writing moment?
Typing “The End” on each of the six books I’ve written.
The best Irish crime novel is …?
The Guards by Ken Bruen.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
Putting all modesty to one side – “Revenge”, my first crime novel.
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Worst: the eighth, ninth and tenth revision of each book. Best: When one of my characters begins to dictate his or her actions.
Why does John Banville use a pseudonym for writing crime?
Because he sees it as slumming, not grand enough to be considered ‘real’ writing. He’s a prick.
Three words to describe your own writing are …?
Original - Entertaining - Intelligent.
KT McCaffrey’s Bishop’s Pawn is the latest in the Emma Boylan series
“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.