Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “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.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Claire For Take-Off

Claire McGowan publishes her debut novel THE FALL this week, with the official launch - according to William Ryan over at the Irish Crime Writing Facepage - taking place at 6pm on Wednesday evening (February 8th) at Goldsboro Books, 23 - 25 Cecil Court , London WC2N 4EZ. Herewith be the blurb elves:
Bad things never happen to Charlotte. She’s living the life she’s always wanted and about to marry wealthy banker, Dan. But Dan’s been hiding a secret, and the pressure is pushing him over the edge. After he’s arrested for the vicious killing of a nightclub owner, Charlotte’s future is shattered. Then she opens her door to Keisha, an angry and frustrated stranger with a story to tell. Convinced of Dan’s innocence, Charlotte must fight for him - even if it means destroying her perfect life. But what Keisha knows threatens everyone she loves, and puts her own life in danger. DC Matthew Hegarty is riding high on the success of Dan’s arrest. But he’s finding it difficult to ignore his growing doubts as well as the beautiful and vulnerable Charlotte. Can he really risk it all for what’s right? Three stories. One truth. They all need to brace themselves for the fall.
  Despite the fact that the novel is not, apparently, a story about how Mark E. Smith resorts to murder to get mainstream radio air-play, the early word on THE FALL is good - a certain Peter James, for one, is impressed: “One of the very best novels I’ve read in a long while ... astonishing, powerful and immensely satisfying.” - Peter James
  Oh, and in case you were wondering: yes, as seems to be the case with virtually all the ladies of Irish crime fiction, she’s gorgeous too. How do we hate thee, Claire McGowan? Let us count the ways …