“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.

Monday, September 3, 2007

The Guns Of Brixton

Calling all festival junkies: the TCM Crime Scene jamboree kicks off in London on Friday, September 6, centring on the Ritzy Brixton and focusing on ‘the wealth of film and literature that has crime as its central theme’, and the word around the elves’ meagre campfire is that Quentin Tarantino (above right) will be in town. Can you confirm or deny, O festival director for literary input and all-round crime fiction demi-god, Mr Maxim Jakubowski, sir?
“Yes, he is, as our closing night feature will also be the British premiere of Death Proof. We also have five other Brit firsts on film-side and Lynda La Plante, Fred Vargas, Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Colin Bateman, Natasha Cooper, Ruth Rendell, Martina Cole, David Suchet, Philip Glenister (from Life on Mars), Nigel McCrery on the books / acting front, plus a Claude Chabrol and A.E. Bezzerides retrospectives.”
Thank ’ee kindly, sir. Incidentally, the premiere of Death Proof will be screened at the Ritzy Brixton, and beamed to cinemas across the UK via satellite. Let’s hope the punters are a little more impressed than our very own movie-reviewing elf, Michael McGowan

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