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?
If it’s in the genre heartland, any Ross McDonald Lew Archer.
What fictional character would you most like to have been?
Travis McGee in the Chookie McCall days.
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Most satisfying writing moment?
Finishing THE ULTRAS.
The best Irish crime novel is …?
THE BUTCHER BOY by Pat McCabe.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
All of them.
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Worst thing is money. Best thing is apprehending the transcendent.
The pitch for your next book is …?
Lance Curran as counsel for the prosecution in the Robert the Painter case.
Who are you reading right now?
Susan Sontag, ON PHOTOGRAPHY. “... as if seeing itself, pursued with sufficient avidity and single-mindedness, could indeed reconcile the claims of truth and the need to find the world beautiful.”
God appears and says you can only write OR read. Which would it be?
Without question, write.
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Looking for mystery.
Eoin McNamee’s ORCHID BLUE is published by Faber and Faber.
“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.