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?
Il nome della rosa (The Name of the Rose) by Umberto Eco (1980).
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Edgar Wallace, E.C. Vivian and Leslie Charteris.
Most satisfying writing moment?
Looking at my royalty statements.
The best Irish crime novel is …?
One by Peter Tremayne! (If he’s excluded, I’d choose Ken Bruen’s Priest).
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
One by Peter Tremayne! (and if he’s excluded again then I'll stick up for Ken once more).
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
The worst thing is doing the basic work for my accountant to approve and the best thing is receiving the royalty statements.
The pitch for your next novel is …?
It’s Dancing With Demons and the 17th in the Sister Fidelma series. She’s tackling solving the murder of the High King of Ireland in Tara in AD 670, an actual historical event.
Who are you reading right now?
Dáibhí Ó Cróinín - An Cúigiú Díochlaonadh (The Fifth Declension), Cló Iar-Connachta (1994) - with the aid of a dictionary!
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Characters, background, plot!
Peter Tremayne’s Dancing With Demons is published on September 6
“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. “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.