Trumpets please, maestro … At some point yesterday, round about 6pm Irish time, ye olde Crime Always Pays blogge passed the 300,000 mark for page impressions. Which isn’t particularly impressive, considering that CAP has been on the go since April 2007, when it was the sole marketing tool available to a broke but enthusiastic writer, but still, it’s not often we get to parp our trumpets around here, so 300,000 is as good a reason as any, especially - as all Three Regular Readers will be aware - ye blogge only has three regular readers.
Kidding aside, I’d like to thank each and every one of you who come here on a regular basis, be that daily, weekly or monthly, and especially those of you who make the effort to leave a comment or two, on the rare occasion when the post is interesting enough to merit a comment or two. It goes without saying, although I’ll say it anyway, that this whole endeavour would be a complete waste of time without the likes of you looking for some way to completely waste your time.
Upward and onward, then, to the next 300,000 page impressions. And hey, who knows - maybe I’ll even have another book to blog about when we reach the magical half-million mark. Stranger things have happened at sea, as they say …
“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. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “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. “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child.