Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “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.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

If You Can’t Stand The Heat …

… stay away from Rob Kitchin. Debuting last year with THE RULE BOOK, which featured Detective Super Colm McEvoy on the trail of a serial killer and cheerfully broke many rules of crime writing as it went along, Kitchin follows it up next month with THE WHITE GALLOWS, with the blurb elves wittering thusly:
In post-Celtic Tiger Ireland, the murder rate is soaring and the gardai are struggling to cope with gangland wars, domestic disputes, and drunken brawls that spiral into fatal violence. To add to Detective Superintendent Colm McEvoy’s workload are the deaths of two immigrants - an anonymous Lithuanian youth and an elderly German billionaire. While one remains an enigma, the murky history of the other is slowly revealed. But where there is money there is power and, as McEvoy soon learns, if you swim amongst sharks, you better act like a shark.
  Nice. If you’re in or around the Naas area of Kildare this coming Saturday, May 15th, you can catch Rob Kitchin reading at the Kildare Readers’ Festival. Apparently a couple of whippersnappers called John Connolly and Stuart Neville are involved too, along with Joseph O’Connor, Dermot Bolger, Sheila O’Flanagan and Claire Keegan. For all the details, clickety-click here