“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.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

EIGHTBALL BOOGIE by Declan Burke

Down in the Old Quarter, you flip a double-headed coin, two out of three it comes down on its edge.
  ‘Last time, it doesn’t come down at all ...


When the wife of a politician keeping the Government in power is murdered, freelance journalist Harry Rigby is one of the first on the scene. But Harry's out of his depth: the woman’s murder is linked to an ex-paramilitary gang’s attempt to seize control of the burgeoning cocaine market in the Irish northwest. Harry’s ongoing feud with his ex-partner Denise over their young son’s future doesn’t help matters, and then there’s Harry’s ex-con brother Gonzo, back on the streets and mean as a jilted shark …

Praise for EIGHTBALL BOOGIE:
“Harry Rigby, the ultimate anti-hero, fights his own demons (including a death wish except for protecting his son) and some of the corrupt and powerful in and around his home town when murder comes a knockin’ at Christmas ... nothing short of brilliant writing is the highlight of EIGHTBALL BOOGIE ... absolutely brilliant writing.” - Charlie Stella

“There’s a lot to like in Declan Burke’s debut, including some cracking plot twists. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants an entertaining way to spend a few hours.” - Val McDermid

“I have seen the future of Irish crime fiction and it’s called Declan Burke. Here is talent writ large - mesmerizing, literate, smart and gripping. If there is such an animal as the literary crime novel, then this is it. But as a compelling crime novel, it is so far ahead of anything being produced, that at last my hopes for crime fiction are renewed. I can’t wait to read his next novel.” - Ken Bruen

“Burke writes in a staccato prose that ideally suits his purpose, and his narrative booms along as attention grippingly as a Harley Davidson with the silencer missing. Downbeat but exhilarating.” - The Irish Times

“Harry Rigby resembles the gin-soaked love child of Rosalind Russell and William Powell ... a wild ride worth taking.” – Booklist

“One of the sharpest, wittiest books I’ve read for ages.” - The Sunday Independent

“Eight Ball Boogie proves to be that rare commodity, a first novel that reads as if it were penned by a writer in mid-career ... (it) marks the arrival of a new master of suspense on the literary scene.” - Hank Wagner, Mystery Scene

“The comedy keeps the story rolling along between the sudden eruptions of violence … Burke’s novel is not just a pulp revival, it’s genuine neo-noir.” – International Noir

EIGHTBALL BOOGIE on Kindle UK (£3.99)

EIGHTBALL BOOGIE on Kindle US ($4.99)

5 comments:

Dana King said...

Unfortunately, I bought a copy at a used book store before I became clued into this wee Kindle dingus, whihc means you didn;t get paid.

On the other hand, it places me ahead of the Kindle curve (for a change) and in position to tell everypne who hasn't read EIGHTBALL BOOGIE yet to get with the program. Lots of fun there.

Continental Op said...

Reading it at the moment. It's bloody excellent, highly entertaining, pure pulp. Fair play man!

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meeagain77 said...

Mr. Burke, loving your book, so far. However, I wanted to ask a question. The title is 'Eight Ball Boogie', but a bit in you describe an 'eight ball' as a 'gram of [meth], enough to get [one] through a weekend'. Does an 'eight ball' weigh a gr. in Ireland? In the States, an eight ball is slang for 3.5 grams or an eighth of an ounce. I realize that our habit of mixing metric with standard is ridiculous, so perhaps y'all reckon it different. Just curious.
mw

Declan Burke said...

Delighted to hear you're enjoying Eightball, Meeagain. As for the 'eightball' itself - having no experience of meth myself, I had to outsource the 'research'. Which is another way of saying that you're very probably right. Or maybe it's a different weight / measurement here? Or was 10 years ago, when I wrote the story? I really don't know. But please do let me know how the rest of the book treats you ...