“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.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Chilli Con Carnival
Hot stuff, eh? Yep, the dress rehearsal for the Crime Always Pays leg of the globe-trotting Crime Carnival went off with a bang last night, with Costume Lady elf Bridget Ni Houlihan and Chief Tray-Bearer elf Alberto (right) getting into the swing of things Hiberno-Brazilian style. All of which flummery is by way of tipping you off that the Crime Carnival baton has been taken from the beautifully manicured hands of the Femmes Fatales and handed to the rather gnarled and tiny fists of the CAP elves (for previous Carnivals, jump over here). The CAP Crime Carnival will be rolling out on Monday, which gives us the entire weekend to get that inflatable Ferris Wheel out of the attic and pumped up. We'll need it - HR Pufnstuf, the doity rat, has only gone and stolen the blummin' bicycle pump for his bong again ...