“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, October 11, 2012

I Bring Grave News

It isn’t due until next April, unfortunately, but if the third in Alan Glynn’s ‘loose-trilogy of conspiracy thrillers’, GRAVELAND (Faber & Faber), is on a par with WINTERLAND and BLOODLAND, we’re all in for a treat. Quoth the blurb elves:
In the final part of Alan Glynn’s spectacular loose-trilogy of conspiracy thrillers, someone is assassinating the most powerful players in the global financial markets.
  A Wall Street investment banker is shot dead while jogging in Central Park. Later that night, one of the savviest hedge-fund managers in the city is gunned down outside a fancy Upper West Side restaurant. Are these killings part of a coordinated terrorist attack, or just coincidence? Investigative journalist Ellen Dorsey has a hunch that it’s neither. Days later, when an attempt is made on the life of another CEO, the story blows wide open ...
  Racing to stay ahead of the curve, Ellen encounters Frank Bishop, a recession-hit architect, whose daughter has gone missing. The search for Lizzie and her boyfriend takes Frank and Ellen from a quiet campus to the blazing spotlight of a national media storm - and into the devastating crucible of a personal and a public tragedy.
  Meanwhile, lurking in the shadows once again is James Vaughn, legendary CEO of private equity firm the Oberon Capital Group. Despite his failing health, Vaughan is refusing to give up control easily, and we soon see just how far-reaching and pervasive his influence really is.
  Set deep in the place where corrupt global business and radical politics clash, Alan Glynn’s GRAVELAND is an explosive and hugely topical thriller.
  If you haven’t read either of the previous two novels, by the way, I can heartily recommend both - BLOODLAND, of course, won the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year at last year’s Irish Book Awards, and deservedly so.
  Incidentally, the cover of GRAVELAND - the image above suggests that it’ll be the US cover - carried a very nice encomium from a certain George Pelecanos, who declares the novel to be, ‘A terrific read … completely involving.’ So there you have it - if it’s good enough for George Pelecanos, etc.

7 comments:

Alan Glynn said...

Hi Dec, Thanks, as always, for the coverage. Really nice to see this. But in the interests of full disclosure etc., I should point out that the version of the cover you show, which is indeed the American one, is not the final version. George Pelecanos actually gave that quote (very kindly) for WINTERLAND.

So how was Skyfall?

Declan Burke said...

Alan - Nice one on the 'full disclosure', sir. But to be fair, a bonzer George Pelecanos blurb is one for the ages ...

Skyfall doesn't screen until Monday 22nd. Unusually, I'm excited by a Bond movie. I think Daniel Craig is the best bond to date, including Connery.

Cheers, Dec

Alan Glynn said...

I agree. QoS aside, Craig is the best since Connery. The Roger Moore years were a long and painful drought. Also looking forward to the Thomas Newman score.

Gordon Harries said...

Nice. 'Winterland' is one of my fav's in recent years and I look forward to completing the trilogy.

Ron Reich said...

I LOVED Bloodland and just finished Winterland. Can't wait for Graveland. What are some other good Irish crime thrillers like this to hold me over in the meantime?

Declan Burke said...

Hi Ron - You could try anything by Adrian McKinty, Tana French, Stuart Neville, Brian McGilloway ... Actually, if I don't stop now I'll just end up reciting the whole list of Irish crime writers.

Cheers, Dec

Ron Reich said...

Great thanks!