“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.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Embiggened O: Where The Hell Is Lord Lucan When You Really Need Him?

Three cheers, two stools and a resounding huzzah for the PR folk at Harcourt Houghton Mifflin, who have been beavering away behind the scenes jazzing up THE BIG O’s Amazon.com page. Apart from the unseemly blight of the Publishers Weekly review, which is the only negative review THE BIG O has received in the 18 months since its first publication, and that on the basis that it’s not up to Elmore Leonard’s standard (!), the page now features quotes from Kirkus Reviews (starred), Crime Spree magazine, Jason Starr and John Connolly. Which is nice.
  The real bonus, though, is that they’ve also uploaded the first few chapters for your perusal. Which means, given that the chapters are dialogue-heavy and average out at about two pages each, that you could have read the first three chapters in the time it took you to read this load of muck. Anyhoos, the link is here if you’re so inclined, and any and all feedback will be gratefully received …
  Meanwhile, with just under a month to go to the official publication date, I’m wondering if this isn’t as good as it gets. The book is pristine, HHM have created a wonderful cover with which I am well pleased, the advance reviews have been fantastic (PW notwithstanding), and the generosity of various media outlets across the interweb offering promotion opportunities has been well-nigh staggering. In fact, I’m wondering if I shouldn’t just go ahead and pull a Lord Lucan and bow out while everything is still going so well. Any pithy words of advice, o sage and all-knowing readership?

7 comments:

Gerard Brennan said...

I say hang around for another while. If things continue along this upward trend, happy days. If not, you've a good excuse to become a bitter old drunk for a few years, then make a startling comeback upon writing your heart-wrenching memoir.

It's all in the planning.

gb

John McFetridge said...

Kirkus. They're the people who know what they're talking about. Kirkus.

bookwitch said...

Bow out? No.

Declan Burke said...

Cheers, folks, much obliged. But I've been thinking about it all day and the prospect of pulling a Salinger on a Greek island is a tasty one ... especially given the Irish weather. Although the sun is actually shining right now. Yep, that's right - it's August in Ireland, and the sun is actually shining. Three cheers for global warming, eh? Cheers, Dec

John McFetridge said...

Almost every day on the news here in Canada we see shots of the arctic and talk about what moves are being taken to assure our "soveriegnity" over the new trade route opening up.

Lokking on the bright side, I guess...

Trouble with global warming is where to actually pull this Salinger? No, better off to just keep at it where you are (though I've sure had the same thoughts about bowing out recently myself).

adrian mckinty said...

Dec

How dare you compare yourself to the fantastically moustachioed Lord Lucan, you who don't even have a hint of stubble. No, Mr. Burke, I know Lord Lucan (I'm pretty sure he works in the St Kilda chip shop), Lord Lucan is a friend of mine, and you, sir, are no Lord Lucan.

A..

Bobby the Rookie said...

I say take the money and run. I know a good wheel man. Just say the word and count me in for a split.