“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.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Me And Bobby McCue

Busted flat in Baton Rouge / Headed for the train / Feeling nearly faded as my jeans …” Bobby McCue (right, in back behind Sarah Chen, Michael Haskins and Linda Brown) of The Mystery Bookstore in LA does our humble offering THE BIG O proud, choosing it as his ‘other favourite’ in this month’s Mystery Bookstore newsletter, with the gist running thusly: “Another Irish writer new to American readers, Declan Burke is drawing comparisons to Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen.” Which is nice.
  Mind you, it’d be even nicer if THE BIG O was his actual favourite, rather than his ‘other’ favourite. His actual favourite? Brian McGilloway’s “terrific debut”, BORDERLANDS. Which would be a stone-cold bummer if yon McGilloway wasn’t as nice a bloke as you could meet. But he is, so it’s not. Brian? Tell Tanya we were asking for her.
  Anyhoos, it’s three cheers, two stools and a resounding huzzah for Bobby McCue. All together now: “Feeling good was easy, Lord / When Bobby sang the blues / And feeling good was good enough for me / Good enough for me and Bobby McCue …”

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bobby McCue looks an awful -- ok, wrong word -- a great deal like Bobby Crais. So...is he single?

Declan Burke said...

Yo, Anon - what is this, a dating agency? Cheers, Dec

Gerard Brennan said...

Nice one. May the kudos continue to roll in.

gb

Brian McGilloway said...

Hi Dec

I'm delighted to be in such good company! T's fine, thanks - no news yet. Hope Sunday went well.

AnswerGirl said...

Bobby is single, but in real life he bears a closer resemblance to cyclist Lance Armstrong. Ladies, he likes Guinness and beach volleyball...

Clair

Declan Burke said...

Clair - like, who doesn't like Guinness and beach volleyball? Cheers, Dec

Mark Coggins said...

Declan,

Here's the pic of Bobby you were looking for--the other is of Mr. Crais:

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