“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.

Friday, June 20, 2008

“Ya Wanna Do It Here Or Down The Station, Punk?” # 2,019: Ed Lynskey

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?

HELL HATH NO FURY by Charles Williams, a 1953 noir classic about a smouldering small town and the desperate characters living there and double-crossing each other.
What fictional character would you most like to have been?
Nick Carroway had it pretty cool with Gatsby and the New York social elite.
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Pulp Westerns.
Most satisfying writing moment?
When the check in the mail finally arrives in my mailbox.
The best Irish crime novel is . . .?
I don’t know if it’s necessarily Irish, but I enjoyed reading Ken Bruen’s AMERICAN SKIN a lot.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
Any title by Ken Bruen, if it hasn’t already been filmed.
Worst/best thing about being a writer?
Worst thing is writing the first sentence. Best thing is writing the last sentence.
The pitch for your next book is . . . ?
Can a Mafia loan shark survive working in Washington D.C.?
Who are you reading right now?
James Lee Burke’s post-Katrina New Orleans sage, THE TIN ROOF BLOWDOWN.
God appears and says you can only write OR read. Which would it be?
Read. Writing is too hard for me.
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Smooth. Fast. Vivid.

Ed Lynskey’s PELHAM FELL HERE will be published by the Mundania Press in July

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