“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.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Yes, We Have No Booker Prize

Peter Murphy has long been a friend of Crime Always Pays, and his debut novel, JOHN THE REVELATOR, is a very fine offering indeed. It put me in mind of Pat McCabe’s opus THE BUTCHER BOY when I was reading it, albeit with a tad less execution by pig-stickers.
  Anyway, JOHN THE REVELATOR is in the running for The Guardian’s innovative ‘Not the Booker Prize’ award, which will be given to the novel that should have been on the Booker longlist, and wasn’t, and you – yes, YOU! – can vote for it. Clickety-click here for all the details
  Next week - Not the Orange Prize: In which you – yes, YOU! – get to vote for all those books that didn’t qualify for the Orange Prize because they were written by blokes …

3 comments:

Peter Rozovsky said...

How about a Not the Dagger or Nor the Edgar for a novel that should have been honored but wasn't because its author was not a crime writer?

Nah, that would never work. Those damned crime writers will accept anybody.
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Peter Rozovsky said...
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Peter Rozovsky said...

First the Guardian reviews Fifty Grand. Now it offers this clever prize.

Hmm, and I happened to be in Engand when Mr. Cameron was elected to the Tory leadership, and the Guardian wrote a surprisingly serious and respectful piece about him. Sounds like one good paper, and with a sense of humor, no less -- a combination utterly unknown in my backward country.
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