DISAPPEARED is a poignant and haunting tale of Northern Ireland’s history. Perceiving two mysterious incidents as a sign of something much larger, Inspector Celcius Daly knows an old hatred is resurfacing, and a bloodbath broods ahead. Until now, Emerald Isle experienced its first taste of peace, and it is up to a Catholic detective (in a Protestant land) to restore that peace and solve a murder, digging deep into the garish history of a land stained red with blood.‘Garish history of a land stained red with blood.’ Doesn’t sound very promising, does it? Then again, those blurb elves can’t always be trusted. I read the first few pages of DISAPPEARED on pdf, and they read nowhere as luridly or clunkily as the synopsis above might suggest; in fact, it was all very deftly put together. There’s an ARC on its way to CAP Towers as you read, so I’ll keep you posted …
“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, May 11, 2012
In Like Quinn
Anthony Quinn, whose DISAPPEARED is published by Otto Penzler’s Mysterious Press / Open Road Media in July. Quoth the blurb elves: