“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.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

“Ya Wanna Do It Here Or Down The Station, Punk?” # 108: Duane Swierczynski

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?
My twenty-fifth.
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Kafka, Joyce and Updike. So damned embarrassing – I mean, can you get any more ‘airport’ than that?
Most satisfying writing moment?
Whenever one of my characters does or says something I didn’t see coming. There’s nothing better than that. (Of course, it also suggests that I may need professional help.)
The best Irish crime novel is …?
Anything with Ken Bruen’s name on the spine.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
Ken Bruen’s American Skin. It’s like a smart Jerry Bruckheimer movie.
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Worst? The time away from my family. The best? Pretty much everything. I love this job.
Why does John Banville use a pseudonym for writing crime?
Clearly, he doesn’t want the ‘Banville’ name to sully his real work.
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Fast. Crazy. Polish.

Duane Swierczynski’s Severance Package is published by St Martin’s Minotaur in November

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