“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.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Where There’s A Will, There’s A McGilloway

Good news, people: while the elves were busy mucking out the Crime Always Pays aviary, a little bird whispered that Brian McGilloway is set to join the ever-growing list of Irish crime writers to be published in the US of A. Thomas Dunne, an imprint of St Martins, is to release Borderlands in hardback 2008, with the paperback following in 2009 to coincide with the release of the follow-up, Gallows Lane, in hardback. Quoth Brian:
“Having read so much American crime fiction and admired writers like JL Burke for many years, I’m obviously delighted to think that Borderlands and Gallows Lane both will be made available in the US. And a little nervous ...”
Nervous, schmervous. Not when one John Connolly is of the opinion that Borderlands is “Beautifully written and very gripping ... [McGilloway] is going to be a considerable force in Irish crime writing.” You heard it here first, folks. Unless you heard it somewhere else before, of course.

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