“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.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Book ’Er, Danno

Femme fatale Sandra Ruttan’s (right) spanking new website, At Central Booking – ‘For Those Committed to a Life of Crime’ – goes live sometime around now, with the results of the inaugural Spinetingler Awards going up on the board at some point today, if we’re not very much mistaken, which we very frequently are. A sprawling, epic offering, At Central Booking features a host of devilishly clever ways of winkling information out of writers, including Lie Detector, Video Surveillance, Snitch, Death Row, Repeat Offenders and Parole Board. Among the contributors are Sandra herself, Russel D. McLean, John McFetridge and the Grand Vizier of Crime Always Pays, Declan Burke, but don’t let that put you off because the site is already featuring pieces about / from writers such as Simon Kernick (hurrah!), Tess Gerritsen (woo-whoo!!), Anne Frasier (hot diggety-damn!!!) and Ray Banks (erm, boo). Do yourself a favour and scoot yourself on over to At Central Booking (or ACB, as we in the trade like to call it), and leave, y’know, disparaging comments about Ray Banks, Canadians and that veritable prince of no-mark wastreling, Declan Burke. Trust us, you’ll feel a whole lot better about yourself once you get it off your chest …

6 comments:

Ray said...

Your mother's a peeg, Burke. A PEEG!

Sandra Ruttan said...

You aren't mistaken. I've had a slight setback with the Spinetingler issue (waiting on someone to provide what I need, but it can't be helped - family illness) but even if that can't go live today the rest will.

Declan Burke said...

Sticks and stones, Banks ... is exactly what I'll be trucking around to your gaff sometime later tonight. Yep, a catapult drive-by, it won't be pretty ... you have been warned.

Petrona said...

I voted for you, Declan!

Declan Burke said...

Aw, shucks, Maxine ... ta. Anyhoo, I'm getting a crew together to go round and put the frighteners on Ray Banks. Are you in?

Ray said...

Take more than a crew to put the frighteners on ME, Burke. Getting people to buy my books, THAT would scare the shit out of me.

(see what I did there? Fuckin' smart, me)