Yep, it’s rubber-hose time, folks: a rapid-fire Q&A for those shifty-looking usual suspects ...
What crime novel would you most like to have written?
MISS SMILLA’S FEELING FOR SNOW [by Peter Hoeg]. Not a typical crime novel, but like most Scandinavian authors, Hoeg manages to portray a great sense of brooding atmosphere, and develops truly flawed characters with gusto. I love the oddness of this book.
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Chuck Palahniuk. I love this guy. Met him in London a few years back and he is one of the funniest and most charming authors I have met.
Most satisfying writing moment?
Typing the words ‘The End’, it is like lighting a cigarette after making love …
The best Irish crime novel is …?
John Connolly, EVERY DEAD THING.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
A novel into movies is always tricky. I think movies are more suited to good short stories.
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Best: writing. Worst: never having enough time to write.
The pitch for your next novel is …?
Plain mad. 1940’s noir sci-fi thriller set in New York and Mexico, supernatural, human trafficking, biological plague, love story … and I’m not kidding.
Who are you reading right now?
My reading list is depressing because it keeps growing but waiting to be read includes: Richard Dawkins’ THE GOD DELUSION, Chuck Palahniuk’s HAUNTED, Michael Connelly’s THE POET, Steven and Bannon’s BOOK OF POISONS, plus around 20 other novels and books.
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Oh my god!
Darren Laws’ TURTLE ISLAND is published in paperback on February 4.
“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.