“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.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
You Snooze, You Win
A Minister for Propaganda Elf writes: Gerard Brennan will very probably claim that the pic above has been photo-shopped, but the elves are reliably informed that this is a rare and genuine shot of the Grand Vizier and Princess Lilyput taking a siesta together amidst the plush cushions of the Japanese Gardens, which are overlooked by the western wing of CAP Towers and thus susceptible to a sneaky member of the paparazzi (aka Mrs Grand Vizier) taking a crafty snap. Rest assured that the Grand Vizier’s caffeine-fuelled, 24/7 perusal of the Irish crime fiction ‘scene’, and Lilyput’s feed-parp-read-sleep routine, will resume shortly …