“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, July 13, 2007
News Flash Or Flash News? YOU Decide!
Yep, ’tis a good day for Irish crime fiction, to be sure, to be sure. The various shortlists for the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Awards have just been announced, and Sir Kenneth of Bruen has been nominated for Best Hardcover for The Dramatist (St. Martin’s Minotaur). Huzzah, etc. It seems like only last Monday that Ken was on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson promoting Priest … hold on, it was only last Monday. Sheesh, the boy fairly gets around, don’t he? Meanwhile, Declan Hughes has been nominated for Best First Novel for The Wrong Kind of Blood (William Morrow), the debut outing for his Dublin-based PI, Ed Loy. Hughes’ novels (the second being The Colour of Blood) have been given the Ross Macdonald hup-ya from a variety of sources, so here’s hoping he’ll nab his first Shamus, while Sir Kenneth yoinks his second. The awards will be presented on September 28, 2007, at the PWA banquet in Anchorage, Alaska, during the weekend of the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention; for full details of all nominations, sashay on over to Sarah Weinman’s ever-reliable Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind.