“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, September 11, 2007

The Embiggened O # 944: Yet More Evidence For The Prosecution

Just when we thought we were out, they drag us back in … Yep, ’tis another hup-ya for our humble offering The Big O, this time courtesy of those wonderful people at Reviewing the Evidence. We know you’re busy and don’t have time to read all the negative comments Sharon Wheeler made, so for your convenience we’ve hacked out the couple of big-ups at the start and end, to wit:
“A polished, sharp as a tack and witty caper novel … If you’re a fan of the likes of Steve Brewer and Carl Hiaasen, you’ll devour The Big O. It marries a mastery of the caper novel with the sharp writing of a Ken Bruen. Declan Burke is undoubtedly a writer to watch.”
Sharon? Flattery will get you everywhere. Or to Bali, at least. A return ticket is going in the post as you read …

2 comments:

Maxine said...

Nice review, Declan. The "location" issue she raises passed me by, never having been to Ireland (though I have some of its blood in my veins).
She's captured the book pretty well, I think? Nice one.

colman said...

quanta la costa ? how much did you pay for that review ?
only joking......disappointed though by the lack of a balls-kicking