Yep, it’s rubber-hose time, folks: a rapid-fire Q&A for those shifty-looking usual suspects ...
What crime novel would you most like to have written?
A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT, by Sebastien Japrisot.
What fictional character would you most like to have been?
Sal Paradise in ON THE ROAD.
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Most satisfying writing moment?
Getting the word “limned” into the next DI Shaw mystery.
The best Irish crime novel is …?
THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS, by Erskine Childers.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
THE WRONG KIND OF BLOOD by Declan Hughes.
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Worst thing is there’s no office party. The best thing is being able to play with a sledge for five hours in the snow.
The pitch for your next book is …?
A lonely road. Nine people trapped in a line of cars in a blizzard. One brutal murder. No footprints in the snow. The impossible crime.
Who are you reading right now?
About to start THE SUSPICIONS OF MR WHICHER or THE MURDER AT ROAD HILL HOUSE by Kate Summerscale. Just finished MAPS OF MY LIFE by Guy Browning and a biography of WILLIAM THE BASTARD. (Don’t ask).
God appears and says you can only write OR read. Which would it be?
Write. (but that’s the Bible out, right ? So there’s an upside.)
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Sense of Place.
Jim Kelly’s DEATH WORE WHITE is out now from Penguin.
“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.