“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.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My Favourite Crime Novels: Ken Bruen

Ever wondered what Ken Bruen’s favourite crime novels are? Book Aware is currently hosting My Ten Favourite Crime Novels by Sir Kenneth of Bruen, and his fans will be unsurprised to learn that James Crumley’s THE LAST GOOD KISS (“Then and now, the bar to which all mystery should mystery aspire.”) is nestling in there comfortably. But lo! What fresh lunacy is this? BARBELO’S BLOOD? SATAN’S LAMBS?
  For the full list, clickety-click here
  Incidentally, Book Aware is hosting a series of such lists, with the aim of supporting Sightsavers, which has the vision of ‘a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where visually impaired people participate equally in society. Help Sightsavers help people enjoy the world of books too.’ Any writers wishing to help out Book Aware and Sightsavers by contributing their own Top Ten Favourite Novels should contact Neil at neil(at)galwayprint.ie. You know it makes sense.

4 comments:

Michael A. Gonzales said...

Wonderful post. Any book Bruen suggests will go on my must buy list.

Neil Mount said...

Thanks for the mention of Ken's list on Book Aware Declan! As you say, all published writers are invited to to contribute their own favourite book lists, more info on that on the website.

Early days yet but from tiny acorns...

Neil

Naomi Johnson said...

It's absolutely ridiculous that I should be so proud of having read 6 of those titles. I won't miss the other 4 for long.

Declan Burke said...

Some unusual choices in there, I have to say - but interesting stuff, no doubt. Shamefully, I've never read THE LAST GOOD KISS ... I need to put that one right quick-smart.

Cheers, Dec