Yep, it’s rubber-hose time, folks: a rapid-fire Q&A for those shifty-looking usual suspects ...
What crime novel would you most like to have written?
THE MALTESE FALCON, by Dashiell Hammett.
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Frédéric Beigbeder. When I was 16, Erle Stanley Gardner – the classical novel you can write while you clean your teeth.
Most satisfying writing moment?
When you feel that you are getting it down the right way, especially at the end of a chapter, when you read it back and think, “That’s it.”
The best Irish crime novel is …?
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Roy Keane.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
I don’t know, but don’t call Almodóvar to shoot it, please.
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
The worst part is the promotion of the book, it’s really, really boring. I like to write books, not to talk about my book. Your opinion of my book is as valid as mine. What I have to say about my book is only my opinion. The best part is to find your book in a bookshop far away from your home. It’s really exciting.
The pitch for your next novel is …?
My Spanish city again, Castellón: dirty bars, dirty streets and dirty women.
Who are you reading right now?
MEMORIES OF MY MELANCHOLY WHORES by García Márquez. Somebody told me that my novel PELIRROJAS ESPAÑOLAS (Spanish Women with Red Hair) – a free translation – reminded them of this novel. I was curious about that.
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Force, simplicity and proximity.
Enrique Galindo Dobón’s PELIRROJAS ESPAÑOLAS is published by Novísima Biblioteca.
“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.