A Minister for Propaganda Elf writes: “It appears that a number of people are having trouble leaving comments on Crime Always Pays, which is something of a bummer for all involved, and especially when it comes to the free books competition, when the only way you can win a free book is to leave a comment. Rest assured that the Grand Viz (right) filters out only those comments that are (a) spam marketing and (b) designed to incite hatred. Otherwise the comment policy is that if it makes it as far as the Grand Viz, it goes in. If you – yes, YOU! – have encountered difficulties leaving a comment in the last couple of months, or if you’ve left a comment only to wait in vain for it to appear, then it’s the software that’s the issue, not your comment and / or the lazy Comment Moderating Elf.
“Some adjustments have been made, so hopefully the issue has been resolved. If it’s not, then we’ll have to think seriously about moving to another blogging platform. The whole point of blogging, after all, is to open up a channel of communication with like-minded people, and if the communication is all one-way then I might as well go out into a field and shout down a well. Which is fun, certainly, but nowhere as much fun as blogging. Besides, of all the CAP regulars, only Josh Schrank, as far as we know, lives down a well. Peace, out.”
“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.