“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, January 1, 2008
Shivers Down The Backbone: Yup, It’s The Inevitable Spinetingler Awards Reminder
In all the excitement of being nominated for the inaugural Spinetingler Magazine awards, and being too busy beating drums, gongs and chest on behalf of THE BIG O, which got a nod in the ‘Best Novel – New Voice’ category, we kinda forgot the season that was in it. In other words, a time of goodwill to all men (and women nominees too, natch). So, with Sandra Ruttan reminding us all that the closing date is January 5, we thought we’d take some time out from the Winterval frenzy to spread a little gentle cheer and ask you to open your hearts and spread the love, aka your precious vote. We’re not asking you to vote for THE BIG O, y’understand, partly because that would be unseemly, but mainly because even we know there are far better books in there than ours (we’re voting Allan Guthrie and Ken Bruen, by the way). No, the whole point is to maximise interest and participation on the basis that a rising tide lifts all boats. Quoth Sandra: “Oh, and for those of you who haven’t voted yet? 7 of the 8 categories are still too close to call …” So vote early, people, but not often: ONE EMAIL PER PERSON ONLY to firstname.lastname@example.org , putting AWARD NOMINATIONS in the subject line. And may the best man split his vote with the best woman, allowing THE BIG O to sneak up on the inside. You know it makes sense …