Yep, it’s rubber-hose time, folks: a rapid-fire Q&A for those shifty-looking usual suspects ...
What crime novel would you most like to have written?
THE BIG SLEEP by Raymond Chandler.
What fictional character would you most like to have been?
Travis McGee (from the John D MacDonald books).
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
I don’t feel guilty about reading anything.
Most satisfying writing moment?
Publication of my first book, MARTYN PIG.
The best Irish crime novel is …?
Depends how you define ‘Irish crime novel’. Does John Connolly’s THE REAPERS count?
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
THE REAPERS (if allowed).
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Best thing – all of it. There is no worst thing.
The pitch for your next book is …?
London, 1976, the long hot summer, the birth of punk rock, and a young Irish boy known as Billy the Kid.
Who are you reading right now?
God appears and says you can only write OR read. Which would it be?
I’m an atheist, so neither (and even if I wasn’t an atheist, I’d just tell Him to go away).
Kevin Brooks’ iBoy is published by Puffin.
“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.