“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.

Friday, August 19, 2011

La Hunt For Red-Letter October

Good news for modern man, and one woman in particular: Arlene Hunt’s latest offering, THE CHOSEN, is on its way. Interestingly, it’s not the latest in Arlene’s series of Sarah & John stories: it’s a standalone, with the blurb elves wittering thusly:
On a scorching summer day Jessie Conway, a teacher at Rockville High, notices a car driving slowly around the school grounds. Twenty minutes later Jessie is fighting for her life and the town of Rockville is plunged into a living nightmare. But for Jessie the horror is just beginning. Traumatized and hounded by the media, she retreats to her home and tries to rebuild her shattered life. Meanwhile, Caleb Switch is bored. A skilled and diligent killer, his recent selections have disappointed him. When he loses a target through haste he is furious and begins to doubt his abilities. That is until he turns his attention to Jessie Conway, hero teacher. Struggling to hold on to her marriage and her sanity, Jessie has no idea that she has become The Chosen.
  Appetite whetted? Yes? Well, this little encomium should sharpen it even further:
“A taut, sharp, gripping re-imagining of the serial killer novel.” - Tana French
  Nice. Most interesting of all, I think, is that THE CHOSEN marks something of a radical departure for Arlene, given that the novel will be released by her own publishing company, Portnoy Publishing. For all the skinny on that, clickety-click here
  THE CHOSEN is due on a shelf near you on October 17th, which will, given the cover, be an appropriately red-letter day for both Arlene and independent Irish publishing. But hey, why wait? Feel free to pre-order your copy here

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