“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. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “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. “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
“Ya Wanna Do It Here Or Down The Station, Punk?”: Matt McGuire
What crime novel would you most like to have written?
Peter Temple, TRUTH. An Aussie crime novel that won the Miles Franklin Award in 2010, their version of the Booker Prize!
What fictional character would you most like to have been?
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY.
Most satisfying writing moment?
A very short email from an agent to whom I had sent the 3 chapters of my first book - ‘Is very good. Send rest. Peter.’
The best Irish crime novel is …?
Colin Bateman, MYSTERY MAN.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
BORDERLANDS by Brian McGilloway
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Worst thing - the blank page. Best thing - the blank page.
The pitch for your next book is …?
Police corruption in the new Northern Ireland. Can you ever really shake off the hand of history?
Who are you reading right now?
Northern Irish writer David Park’s new novel, THE LIGHT OF AMSTERDAM.
God appears and says you can only write OR read. Which would it be?
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Tight, lean, original.
DARK DAWN: KILLING IN COLD LIGHT by Matt McGuire is published by Corsair, an imprint of Constable & Robinson, price €16.99