“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.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Pin ’Em Up, I Say – Pin ’Em Up!

I was pondering aloud on these pages last weekend about how best to ‘market’ Irish crime fiction, as is my wont, which was enough to get the inimitable Joe Long, Irish crime fic fan and bon viveur about NY town, tossing his two cents into the ring. To wit:
“I know how Irish crime writers can get Irish people to buy books. Just start an Irish crime writers calendar. Proceeds will go to charity. The more you show the more the calendars you will sell. The picture taken for each month would have copies of the respective author’s books covering – shall we say – strategic spots. Now, you would have to convince the female contingent to get on board, but a man with your charm should not have a problem. Obviously, you, Declan [Hughes], John [Connolly] and Brian [McGilloway] would have to be buried in months no one cares about. But Arlene Hunt and Alex Barclay – Christmas and Summer – there you go.”
  So there you have it: a sexy Irish crime writers calendar. Personally, I think you’d be quicker trying to sell sexy Irish crime writer colanders, but that’s just me. Any takers?

5 comments:

Peter Rozovsky said...

Why, I met that Joe Long in New York. I didn't know at the time what a rogue he was.

An Irish crime writers colander would strain credulity a bit, I'm afraid.
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bookwitch said...

I'll buy one. Calendar, not colander.

Anonymous said...

Only if I can wear a 'Where The Wild Things Are costume, that would be terrific fun.
Arlene

Anonymous said...

* gufffaws at Peter's punning ways*
Arlene

Peter Rozovsky said...

But don't the critters in Where the Wild Things Are run aroudn naked and with horns on their heads?

Hmm, I just might be able to find a place in my kitchen for such a calendar. No, no, colander. I mean colander.
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"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
http://detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/