“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, June 21, 2008

One Of These Kids Is Doing His Own Thing …


There’s no good reason for republishing this pic from Bristol Crime Fest (l-r: Maxine, Rhian, Karen, El Cheesalero – with Ms Witch lurking with intent, no doubt, just out of picture) except to say that three of the four crime fiction bloggers are superb exponents of what they do, which is to let the world at large know about quality crime fiction writing for no reward but the joy of doing so, while the fourth is only in it for the money. If you’re in the market for insightful, illuminating conversations about contemporary crime writing, click on Petrona, It’s A Crime! and Euro Crime. Oh, and while you’re about it, click on Crime Scraps, whose host – the inimitable Norm – was behind the camera for this epoch-defining snap. He reckons he’s shy, but your secret is safe with us, Salman. Now, the Big Question: can we persuade Peter Rozovsky and Gerard Brennan to make it to Crime Fest 2009? Only time, that notorious tittle-tattler, will tell …

11 comments:

Kerrie said...

I can't work out why everybody looks so different to what I expected :-(
I envy you all meeting up at Crime Fest

bookwitch said...

I know why I'm not in there! I refused to wear those silly evacuee thingies you lot are sporting. Do you think they can do something elegant and grown up next time?

maxine said...

I commented as such in their survey, BookW, they were exceptionally silly, I agree.

maxine said...

I commented as such in their survey, BookW, they were exceptionally silly, I agree.

Declan Burke said...

I don't know, I thought they looked a bit FBI. Which wouldn't make them not exceptionally silly, I know. But I didn't mind them. Cheers, Dec

Declan Burke said...

Oh, and Kerrie? I'd take paradise over Bristol any day ... Cheers, Dec

Uriah Robinson said...

Now I know why my Virgin Media broadband has been dysfunctional all day. I thought the Richard Branson balloon had sprung a leak, but it was so you could breach copyright and post my photos! ;o)

Only kidding Declan you're welcome and a top man after that Irish vote to abandon the Eurovision song contest.
You are right about the superb insight of the ladies who blog. Sorry I missed Ms Witch in the photo.

And I have no intention of attending an identification parade in Teheran under any circumstances.

Gerard Brennan said...

Well, I'm persuaded! And I've got a year to convince my missus that it's a good idea too.

gb

bookwitch said...

Even the FBI look cooler than that. And they have guns.

And Maxine, I mentioned it in the survey, too. Maybe next time it'll be something unbelievably fetching.

Josh Schrank said...

I must say Dec... the sight of you holding a "Rainy Day Bear" shopping bag brought a twitch of a smile to my face. It is always refreshing to find people who are that secure in themselves. ;)

Peter Rozovsky said...

OK, what time should I show up?
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