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 MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett.
What fictional character would you most like to have been?
Alejandro Stern in PRESUMED INNOCENT.
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Sportswriters who write books.
Most satisfying writing moment?
When I finished the first chapter of my first novel and realized I could finish it.
The best Irish crime novel is …?
I haven’t read a lot of Irish crime fiction, but I just finished THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST by Stuart Neville and thought it was terrific.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
The best thing is being able to delay growing up. The worst thing is, because you’ve delayed growing up, you haven’t paid attention to a lot of things that could have made you money.
The pitch for your next book is …?
A cross between THE BIG SLEEP and GOODBYE COLUMBUS.
Who are you reading right now?
AGENT ZIGZAG by Ben MacIntyre.
God appears and says you can only write OR read. Which would it be?
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Realistic. Gritty. Compassionate.
Miles Corwin’s KIND OF BLUE is published by Oceanview Publishing.
“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.