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?
Hammett’s Red Harvest.
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Most satisfying writing moment?
Killing off one of my favourite characters in her first scene!
The best Irish crime novel is …?
I’ve been living outside Ireland for a long time so I’m not too familiar with the scene.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
Although it’s not a novel, I’d love to see Paul Howard’s The Joy inspire an Irish prison movie.
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Worst – Finding the energy after a long day at work. Best – the satisfaction of getting something on paper with that energy!
The pitch for your next novel is …?
Actually working on two right now, one is a mystery told from 15 different POVs, the other a hardboiled reverse narrative.
Who are you reading right now?
The Ice Harvest by Scott Phillips
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Hardboiled, experimental and deceptive.
Eoin Hennigan’s The Truth, It Lies is available in all good bookshops
“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.