“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, October 2, 2008

Gerard Brennan: His Ass Is Officially Grass

Has anyone else noticed the amount of work Gerard Brennan is getting through over at Crime Scene Northern Ireland? The guy must have eight arms, or else he’s repatriated all the elves who abandoned Crime Always Pays for the flesh pots of Santa Ponsa during the summer and never came back. Sob, etc.
  Anyhoos, in the last fortnight alone, Gerard has posted interviews with uber-babe Arlene Hunt (right), Ken Bruen and Neville Thompson; reviewed Brian McGilloway’s BORDERLANDS and Paul Charles’ THE DUST OF DEATH; and posted sundry other Irish crime fic-related bits ‘n’ bobs. And not only that, but he’s gone and half-inched the only regular contributor Crime Always Pays ever had, aka Adrian McKinty, who’s written a very funny review of Julian Barnes’ ARTHUR AND GEORGE. And if that wasn’t bad enough, he gets tons more comments than Crime Always Pays does. Boo.
  What’s to be done? Well, it’s obvious, innit – we’re taking a hit out on the boy Brennan and putting a CAP in his ass. Gerard? It’s pistols at ten paces in a murky Russian dawn. Well, it’s either that or slow down, squire. You’re making us all look bad …

13 comments:

adrian mckinty said...

glad you said 'uberbabe' first, i didn't want to be sexist.

Gerard Brennan said...

Ahem

gb

Declan Burke said...

It's sexist to call a woman a babe now? Man, I gotta cancel my Playperson subscription ... Cheers, Dec

Declan Burke said...

Gerard, don't make me go to court to get McKinty back ... it'll be Kramer vs Kramer all over again, and McKinty will be the one who'll get hurt in the long run. FOR GOD'S SAKE, THINK OF THE PUPPY-EYED KIDS, MAN!

adrian mckinty said...

you can have the kids.

I think we all can agree that we celebrate Arlene for her art first and her bodaciousness second...right?

Dec, just linked to Ger's page. Congrats man. I have a feeling there's gonna be a major bender in Philly. Just dont run up those Art Museum steps, a la Stallone.

Declan Burke said...

Adrian, squire, the only reason I'm going to Philly is to lurch up four steps at the Art Museum and then collapse nursing a renegade lung. As for Arlene - she's married, I'm married, so I'm celebrating her bodaciousness until it hurts. Cheers, Dec

Gerard Brennan said...

Dec - We can work something out. No need to get the law involved. I've been a thoughtless fool. How could I disregard the puppy-eyed kids?

Right, you take him to Philly. I fancy going off on a bender anyway.

gb

adrian mckinty said...

I cant believe I said "bodaciousness" in a sentence. Dude.

Gerard Brennan said...

You're, like, totally made of awesome, hombre. But don't bogart that blunt, man.

gb

Anonymous said...

Hah, at my age all compliments gratefully accepted.
Cracking Philly piece, Big D, absolutely cracking. Well done. I believe I whooped.
Arlene

Mack said...

Dec, I won't lie and say that I don't date other blogs but I always come back to Crime Always Pays.

Mack

Peter Rozovsky said...

You do know, of course, that the uber-babe has referred to me on her blog as "terifically bearded," don't you? I think she fell in love with me when I told her I bounced down a staircase at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona on my ass because I was scared of heights.
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Peter Rozovsky said...

Er, but she probably also spelled terrifically right.