“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, May 12, 2009

And ‘The Sexiest Irish Crime Writer 2009’ Is …

Y’know, sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the detail and lose sight of the Big Picture (detail pictured, right). Forget to remember what’s really important. I mean, sure, books are important, and well written books are even more important, and it’s nice that there’s so many terrific Irish crime writers out there these days that you’d need at least two adjoining phone boxes for the AGM, if such a happening were ever to come to pass.
  But waffling on about such obscure minutiae blinds us to the really important questions, and the kind of tough questions this blog isn’t afraid to ask. To wit: Who Is The Sexiest Irish Crime Writer?
  Some names for your consideration:
(The Artist Formerly Known as Colin) Bateman
Alex Barclay
Adrian McKinty
John Connolly
Arlene Hunt
Declan Hughes
Tana French
Brian McGilloway
Ken Bruen
Ava McCarthy
Gene Kerrigan
  Naturally, modesty and / or fear of getting no votes at all prevents me from including my own windswept-but-interesting features. Oh, and I’m voting for Dreamy Gene …
  Anyway, I’ll be hoisting a poll in the usual top-left position over the next few days, so if you think I’ve left out any sexy writers who should be included, please let me know …

13 comments:

marco said...

Not-yet or soon-to-be published authors excluded ?
I would have given it to Gerald. His profile says he's devilishly handsome, and he wouldn't lie about important things, would he?
Plus he knows kung-fu.

As it is, the decision is difficult.
Though Kerrigan's moustache commands respect...

bookwitch said...

You'll need to publish photos of all. In fact, could we have a calendar of Irish crime writers, please?

critical mick said...

Come on now! What about Cuddley Duddley?

Liam Hoyle said...

Declan,

I have my own blog up over at artimitatesknife.blogspot.com. Drop by if you'd like. I have another sample chapter up. And thanks again for posting some of my stuff.

Kieran Shea said...

Is there any question? God man! Alex Barclay. Wow.

marco said...

Ok, McKinty has promised me he will put on Cuban heels and a David Brent jacket.
Vote's sold.

norby said...

As a member of his die-hard forum, I have to go with John Connolly. No one else can compare...

seanag said...

Oh, they're all just too sexy for their own good. And that includes you, Mr. Burke. Don't try to wriggle out of the contest so easily.

Gene Kerrigan said...

Flattered and humbled as I am by this nomination,I must respectfully ask that my name be removed from contention.

Sources (which I'm sworn not to reveal) assure me that I'm a cinch for this year's "Sexiest Back Page Columnist With a Moustache Award", as sponsored by TV3's Xpose show. And - after several days of intense meetings - my PR people tell me that association with a competing award could only harm my chances.

In a spirit of national unity, at this time of great economic difficulty, I urge my legions of groupies to cast their votes for Mr McGilloway.

Josephine Damian said...

Fuck modesty. I say add yourself, Declan and don't forgret to add my Prince of Darkness, Stuart Neville!

And Gerry Brennan says he's dieting and working out these days but heck, I don't think he needs to - he looks like he's in fine form.

Of course if Jen Jordan was Irish it would be game over.

Declan Burke said...

Marco - Kung Fu is, of course, exceptionally sexy ... I'll take yon Brennan under consideration. McKinty in stack heels? Wouldn't that be like a re-run of Carlito's Way?

Ms Witch - A calendar of Irish crime writers = genius. Consider it done.

Mickster, I've had a light burning under my bushel for Ms Edwards for some time now ... Glad to see I'm not the only one.

Keiran? Yes.

Erm, Norby? Aren't you usually offering bribes at this point? Like, Jack Daniels brownies or suchlike?

Seanag - A little modesty goes a long way in these here parts. But it's only fair, I guess, that I put myself up for ridicule ...

Gene - say it ain't so! Mind you, I can see how the 'Great Xpose Tache Award' trumps CAP every time ... Next year, though, we're being sponsored by Loreal. Because we're very nearly worth it. So you might want to ditch the gals and come on board then ...

Josephine - I actually have a little song about Stuart Neville, which I sing to Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel' ... "Stuart Neville / You've torn your dress / Stuart Neville / Your face is a mess / Stuart Neville / How could they know? / Hot tramp, I love you so ..."

So, erm, yes, I'll include him ...

Cheers, Dec

J. Kingston Pierce said...

Hey, Declan:

I'd love to take a shot at voting. But I think you forgot to install the poll-taking software in the top-left position on this page, as promised. Or am I missing something here?

Cheers,
Jef

Declan Burke said...

Jeff - I'll be hoisting that poll later today ...

Cheers, Dec