“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.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Lunch Boxes Stripped Of Everything Except Fruit

Peter Rozovsky over at Detectives Beyond Borders is currently plugging one of our favourite reads of the year so far, Eoin Colfer’s Half Moon Investigations, the opening paragraph of which runneth thusly:
My name is Moon. Fletcher Moon. And I’m a private detective. In my twelve years on this spinning ball we call Earth, I’ve seen a lot of things normal people never see. I’ve seen lunch boxes stripped of everything except fruit. I’ve seen counterfeit homework networks that operated in five counties, and I’ve seen truckloads of candy taken from babies.
Quoth Peter:
"A child who reads that may just develop an affectionate attachment to crime fiction. Adults may like it, too. I do."
Ditto. Quoth the Crime Always Pays reviewing elves:
"Colfer is obviously a fan of Chandler et al, and he has distilled essence of the hardboiled style here, with the emphasis very much on style. Writers will read it and weep; less self-conscious readers will be wearing a smile throughout."
Just don’t get the elves started on his Artemis Fowl books. We’ll be here all night …

3 comments:

Nonny said...

So was it worth the read?

Declan Burke said...

Don't mock the elves, Nonny ... don't say you haven't been warned.

Peter said...

I think I'll get the elves started on the Artemis Fowl books. The third is called Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code, and its first page has a line about Artemis' having forged Leonardo da Vinci's diaries. The novel was published the same year as a certain bestseller by Dan Brown whose title escapes me.

Coincidence, or what?
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