“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. “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, March 20, 2008
A Fat Lady Clears Her Throat
A Minister for Propaganda Elf writes: Our informal and achingly parochial poll on ‘the Irish Edgars’ (top left) continues apace, with a whopping 20 – yes, that’s 20! – votes in at the last count (although we would ask one ‘Brian McGilloway’ to please cease and desist from his attempts to subvert the democratic process by repeatedly voting for Benny Blanco. Where do you think you are, Brian – West Belfast?). Anyhoo, Sir Kenneth of Bruen (right) leads the charge with 55% of the vote, Tana French is a close second with 35%, and Benny Blanco … well, let’s just say it ain’t over ’til the big-boned lady does a duet with Freddy Mercury on Barcelona. For the remaining three CAP regulars who still have to vote, we’d like to gently remind you that there’s only four days left in which to do so (or three days, or two, depending on how far down the page this post is). Either way, make with the mouse-clicks, people. Or, y’know, don’t. We’ll still love you anyway …