“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.

Monday, January 14, 2008

If It Ain’t Fixed, Don’t Broke It


Where’d you get a gun like this? he said.
At the gittin place.
  Cormac McCarthy, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES (1992)

Where’d you get that pistol? she called.
At the gettin place.
  Cormac McCarthy, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2005)

4 comments:

Twenty Major said...

Did he just forget is he doing a Stephen King and referencing his own work?

Declan Burke said...

I'd say he was self-referencing ... it's not the kind of line you'd forget. Especially as it was in the All The Pretty Horses movie too ... Lucas Black stealing the show as Blevins. Cheers, Dec

Bill Crider said...

That's a typical Texas comment. I've heard it thousands of times over the course of my life.

Declan Burke said...

It's one of my favourite lines, Bill ... I love that kind of deadpan delivery. Cheers, Dec