“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.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Rush Of Blood

I’m not going to say too much about the recent review in the Irish Independent of BLOOD LOSS (HarperCollins) by Alex Barclay (right), except to wonder, rather plaintively, why I never seem to get reviews that begin like this:
“Alex Barclay has to be the best-looking thriller writer in Ireland . . . and possibly anywhere else for that matter. She also happens to be one of the best. She will be able to star in her own movies when they start turning her bestselling books into films.” - Irish Independent
  For the rest, clickety-click here
  By the way, and for the record, and in the interests of transparency and accountability, etc., I met with Alex Barclay last week to interview her, and she very much is, as they kids say, all that. Truth be told, she’s the kind of attractive that turns male and female heads when she walks into a room. It’s also true that she’s much more interested in being a good writer than she is in ‘all that’.
  Happily, BLOOD LOSS is a terrific thriller that blends the personal and the political in a very interesting way, and takes a well-deserved cut at Big Pharma in the process. It is, as the kids say, ‘all that’.
  Finally, if you have the time, Alex Barclay was interviewed on TV3’s Ireland AM last week. Clickety-click here for the visuals

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