“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.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Declan Burke bio
My sixth novel, THE LOST AND THE BLIND (2014), was published by Severn House.
CRIME ALWAYS PAYS (Severn House) was shortlisted for the Goldsboro ‘Last Laugh’ Award at Crimefest in 2015.
With John Connolly, I am the co-editor of BOOKS TO DIE FOR (2012), a collection of essays on the greatest crime and mystery novels written by the greatest living crime and mystery authors. The book won the non-fiction crime Anthony, Macavity and Agatha awards in 2013.
SLAUGHTER’S HOUND, the latest Harry Rigby mystery, was shortlisted in the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Category for the Irish Book Awards, 2012.
ABSOLUTE ZERO COOL won the Goldsboro ‘Last Laugh’ Award at Crimefest in 2012. It was also shortlisted for the Crime Fiction category at the Irish Book Awards, 2011.
EIGHTBALL BOOGIE (2003) was shortlisted in the Crime Fiction category at the Irish Book Awards, 2003. THE BIG O (2008) was shortlisted for the Goldsboro ‘Last Laugh’ Award in 2009.
In 2011, I edited DOWN THESE GREEN STREETS, a collection of essays, memoir and short stories written by Irish crime writers about the current wave of Irish crime writing.
My short stories and critical essays have appeared in the collections SHADOWING THE DETECTIVES (2010), UNCAGE ME (2009), THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST BRITISH MYSTERIES (2011), THE QUIET QUARTER: TEN YEARS OF GREAT IRISH WRITING (2009), SILVER THREADS OF HOPE (2012) and NEW PLANET CABARET (2013), among others.
As a journalist and critic, I write and broadcast on books and film for a variety of media outlets, including the Irish Times, RTE, the Irish Examiner and the Sunday Independent.