“I WAS looking forward to the new book by the head honcho of the Colombia Three, James Monaghan, which was published last week here and which advance publicity had promised would reveal all about the exploits of the Three Amigos down Colombia way a few years back. On that score it was deeply disappointing, which probably only proves how gullible I am to expect anything else. In fact the book fails to provide any new or convincing answers to the two most interesting questions about the Three Amigos – what they were really doing in Colombia in the first place, and how they were smuggled back to Ireland after they absconded from the Colombian justice system.”Apparently there isn’t even a rehash of the story about how the three chaps were amateur ornithologists checking out the fauna in Colombia’s demilitarised zone. Which totally scuppers our gag about how canaries, like good children, should be seen and not heard. Which is just as well, from a factual point of view, because canaries aren’t indigenous to South America. Or Ireland.
“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.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
The Rain From Spain Falls Mainly On James Monaghan’s Parade
Crumbs! John Spain, literary editor-type at the Irish Independent and contributor to the Irish Voice, wasn’t noticeably impressed with James Monaghan’s COLOMBIA JAIL JOURNAL. To wit: