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 GLASS KEY by Dashiell Hammett.
What fictional character would you most like to have been?
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
I don’t really think like that; if it’s good, I keep reading and if it’s bad, I stop.
Most satisfying writing moment?
The best Irish crime novel is …?
Top three today would be: THE THIRD POLICEMAN by Flann O’Brien; THE ULTRAS by Eoin McNamee; THE GUARDS by Ken Bruen.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
Any book by Eoin McNamee, or THE TWELVE by Stuart Neville.
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Every day I thank God I can still write; so nothing bad, everything good.
The pitch for your next book is …?
Japan, 1949; One God. One Devil. Two men: THE EXORCISTS.
Who are you reading right now?
HOW LATE IT WAS, HOW LATE by James Kelman.
God appears and says you can only write OR read. Which would it be?
Reading and writing is the same act for me; so both or neither.
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Not finished yet.
David Peace’s ‘Red Riding Quartet’ is now available on Kindle.
“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.