“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, August 12, 2007

“Oh Go On, Just A Tincture Of Sherry Then.”

Crazy true crime maverick kids Maverick House publish The Suspect today (August 13), Jenny Friel’s take on the murder of Rachel O’Reilly and the subsequent trial and conviction of her media-savvy husband, Joe, who has announced his intention to appeal the conviction since the book went to press. Laurel-resting not being an option out in Maverick-land, they're already busy prepping Alan Sherry’s A-Z of Irish Crime for an October release. Quoth the blurb elves:
“The A-Z of Irish Crime is an in-depth reference book on modern Irish crime concentrating mainly from 1996 to present day, focusing on key gangland figures and murders. The book also focuses on key criminal agencies, weapons of gangland Ireland, drugs, missing persons and all serious crime. An A-Z of Irish crime has not been done before. This should be a comprehensive, original book giving a wide perspective of crime throughout Ireland.”
Erm, it ‘should’ be? You’re not exactly filling us with confidence over here, folks …

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