“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.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Just in case you thought we were maybe over-egging the pudding a little with our gushing review of John McFetridge’s DIRTY SWEET, here’s a tasty big-up for said tome courtesy of Mike Harrison in The Calgary Herald. To wit:
“It’s a street-nasty ride from start to finish. It’s about shady characters from realtors to bikers to cops and it’s a gritty take on the seedy underbelly of Toronto involving drugs and hookers and cars and clubs and everything in between. If you like Elmore Leonard‘s writing style you’ll absolutely love John McFetridge. He has a fast, damn-I-wish-I’d-written-that style that pulls you in from the top of page one. A truly awesome read—and this guy’s Canadian, picked as one of the top 10 Canadian writers to watch by Quill & Quire Magazine.”
Can we just repeat that? “If you like Elmore Leonard‘s writing style you’ll absolutely love John McFetridge.” The kicker? We stumbled across the above review on Elmore Leonard’s own website. Hmmm, naiiiice …

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