“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.

Monday, August 4, 2008

On The Ineluctable Modality Of Shamus Nominations

Via Sarah Weinman comes news of the Shamus nominees, with my evil-twin alter-ego Declan Hughes (right) up for Best Novel with THE COLOUR OF BLOOD. Nice one, evil-twin alter-ego. The full list of Best Novel nominees runneth thusly:
BEST NOVEL
Thomas Cavanagh, HEAD GAMES (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Reed Farrel Coleman, SOUL PATCH (Bleak House Books)
Declan Hughes, THE COLOR OF BLOOD (William Morrow)
Michael Koryta, A WELCOME GRAVE (Thomas Dunne/SMP)
William Lashner, A KILLER'S KISS (William Morrow)
Tough competition, for sure, and we’ll be keeping a weather-eye on yon multi-award-winning Reed Farrel Coleman in particular. The nicest part of the announcement for yours truly was that I got to hear about it last Thursday, when my evil-twin alter-ego let slip the news over a few scoops in Fitzgerald’s of Sandycove. Now Fitzgerald’s, as you may or may not know, is something of a shrine to James Joyce, being but a fried kidney’s throw from the Martello Tower of ULYSSES fame. It was, I have to say, a nice juxtaposition – Ed Loy as a latter-day Leo Bloom, perambulating the mean streets of Dublin and digging out the foibles and idiosyncrasies of his generation. What’s that? You didn’t know that ULYSSES was a murder mystery? Ah, the ineluctable modality of it all …

3 comments:

Peter Rozovsky said...

Since I say &I*(*$&#~! the jealous whinging from the media formerly known as mainstream that bloggers blogroll to excess, I am proud to say that two on that list were at NoirCon in Philadelphia and -- now, saying what I'm about to say is the thing that could open me to accusations of lax ethics from the MFKAM -- Reed Farrel Coleman and William -- no, make that Bill Lashner are both pretty nice guys.
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Declan Burke said...

Peter - Knowing that you work in the MFKAM, as I do myself, I admire your chutzpah in suggesting that the MFKAM is above log-rolling. Bloggers didn't lick it off the stones, as we say around here ... Cheers, Dec

Peter Rozovsky said...

I didn't say that the MFK were above log-rolling, I said they frown on the practice. They have a kind of don't ask, don't tell policy.
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Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
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