Being a pick-‘n’-mix of CAP posts for the month of May. To wit:
Alex Barclay’s (right) BLOOD RUNS COLD wins the crime writing prize at the Irish Book Awards.
Alan Glynn’s forthcoming WINTERLAND gets very impressive pre-pub blurbs from Ken Bruen, John Connolly, Adrian McKinty and Jason Starr.
Why don’t Irish crime-and-thriller readers read Irish-set crime and thrillers?
John Banville calls Declan Burke’s currently-under-consideration novel BAD FOR GOOD “a cross between Flann O’Brien and Raymond Chandler”, causing said Burke to spontaneously combust in oleaginous flames of smug self-congratulation.
Ken Bruen is making more movies: ONCE WERE COPS has been optioned, and – whisper it – possibly AMERICAN SKIN too.
John Connolly wins the inaugural Sexiest Irish Crime Writer Award, whether he wants to or not.
LOCK DOWN will be Sean Black’s debut when it’s published in July. How come all the pseudonyms are ‘Black’ these days?
“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.