“Belated thanks to the family Jordan for sending me a free copy of Declan Burke’s second novel, THE BIG O, a few weeks ago. It’s one hell of a read, with a plot that never slows down long enough for the reader to take a breath. Had Dutch Leonard been born in Sligo, he might have written something like this. I have a new writer to add to my list of favourites.”A thumbs-up from the white-trash hillbilly demographic? Criminy, we’d better retire now. Like, how could it possibly get any better?
“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.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The Embiggened O # 1,012: The White Trash Verdict Is In!
How do we love thee, Patrick Shawn Bagley (right)? Let us count the ways … Well, for starters there’s the fact that he runs an interweb yokeybus called Hillbillies and Hitmen. And is a self-confessed ‘Fat bastard and white-trash raconteur’. But mainly we’re loving the hup-ya he gave our humble offering, THE BIG O, on the aforementioned H&H. To wit: