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?
THE DYING OF THE LIGHT by the great and unfortunately late Michael Dibdin.
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Ted Dekker. It’s writing by numbers but it’s dark and lunatic.
Most satisfying writing moment?
My first favourable review.
The best Irish crime novel is …?
THE UNQUIET by John Connolly, his most mature to date.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
Why, THE ANGEL TAPES, of course! Would need updating though.
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Evaluating your own work is perhaps the worst thing. It’s also the best thing.
The pitch for your next novel is …?
The Faust legend reworked for c21.
Who are you reading right now?
I’m behind. JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORRELL by Susanna Clarke. A staggering feat of imagination.
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Varied, European, mercenary.
David M. Kiely’s THE ANGEL TAPES is a lost classic of Irish crime fiction.
“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.