“The book’s plot hinges on a lot of coincidences, but it’s not too difficult to suspend disbelief. The characters are sharply drawn, and Burke keeps thing short, never letting any one scene drag out too long. The real treat in THE BIG O is the dialogue, though. Burke has a knack for sharp banter, and it is a rare chapter that doesn’t have a witty exchange between characters.Thank you kindly, Mr Cain sir. If you ever need an alibi for any Abel-related unpleasantness, you know where to find us ...
THE BIG O has flaws, but Burke is an up and comer. He’s recently made the jump across the Atlantic, landing at Harcourt, the US home of Allan Guthrie and Ray Banks. It’s clear that he’s a writer who deserves a wider audience, and will soon have a well-deserved shot at the big time.”
“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.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
The Embiggened O # 1,002: In Which Independence Day Comes Seven Months Early
Nathan Cain flies the flag for indie publishing over at Independent Crime, bless his cotton socks, so we didn’t even have to threaten him with incriminating photographs to get him to review our indie-published humble offering THE BIG O, the gist of which runneth thusly: