Those of you in the greater Dublin area could do a lot worse on Tuesday evening than take a jaunt in to Waterstone’s on Dawson Street, where two of Ireland’s finest scribes, Brian McGilloway (right) and Declan Hughes, will be doing a joint reading, from BLEED A RIVER DEEP and ALL THE DEAD VOICES, respectively. Proceedings kick-off at 6.30pm. My advice, Brian? Go first. Try reading after Hughes and you’ll end up looking a right plum. That boy can project … The Brian and Declan Show then heads north to Belfast and No Alibis, on Thursday evening, kick-off at 7pm …
Meanwhile, another double-act, Gene Kerrigan and The Artist Formerly Known as Colin Bateman, grace Galway’s Cuirt festival with their presence as they promote their latest tomes, DARK TIMES IN THE CITY and MYSTERY MAN, respectively. They’ll be reading, cracking gags and soft-shoe shuffling from 6.30pm at the Town Hall venue, on Friday, April 24th.
Man, I need to get myself a side-kick. Any volunteers?
Praise for Declan Burke: “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – The Spectator. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “A hardboiled delight.” – The Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review). “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre, was ABSOLUTE ZERO COOL.” – Sunday Times. “The writing is a joy.” – Ken Bruen. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.