“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.

Monday, March 28, 2011

EIGHTBALL BOOGIE: The Val McDermid Verdict

Another week, another dollar - or $0.99c, to be precise. EIGHTBALL BOOGIE garnered some very nice readers’ reviews over the weekend, with a certain Val McDermid popping up on Facebook on Friday to lend her considerable reputation to our on-going scheme to obliterate the mortgage one ebook at a time. To wit:
“I can’t remember the last time I got so much pleasure for 86p. I’d have paid at least 95p for it. But all joking apart, 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. And doesn’t mind a bit of blood and gore along the way.” - Val McDermid
Meanwhile, over on Amazon US, John ‘I Am Spartacus’ Kane left a short-but-sweet review that runs thusly:
“I could not put this down. Raymond Chandler meets Ken Bruen. Surprising to the end and some really dastardly bad guys. A great work of Emerald Noir!!”
Chandler and Bruen? My metaphorical cup runneth over, metaphorically speaking. Many thanks, folks - the good word is deeply appreciated.
If anyone wants to investigate further, all the info - including how to get a free EIGHTBALL BOOGIE in hard copy, plus P&P - can be found here

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