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?
THE KILLER INSIDE ME, Jim Thompson
What fictional character would you most like to have been?
Dexter. Kidding. Or am I? ...
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
I don’t. Other things, yes, but not reading.
Most satisfying writing moment?
When I wrote the lyrics for a song called ‘Rhumba with gun’.
The best Irish crime novel is …?
THE WHISPERERS by John Connolly.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Not having a boss / No bad things.
The pitch for your next book is …?
“Harry Hole is back.” Hey, that was easy.
Who are you reading right now?
A Pink Floyd biography.
God appears and says you can only write OR read. Which would it be?
Oh, God. Write.
Jo Nesbo’s THE LEOPARD is published by Harvill Secker
“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.