Graham Ellis is reliable, efficient, focused – the best pit boss Sovereign Casinos has, even if he does say so himself. But rumours of mental instability, along with the fallout of a particularly bloody night on the tables, relegate him to day shifts at a low-rent Salford club. There he catches the attention of local gangster Barry Pollard, who has every intention of making Graham his inside man and is about to make him an offer he can’t refuse …For all the details, clickety-click here …
“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.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Going Straight, He Is
Ray Banks is an old friend of Crime Always Pays, although when I say ‘old’ I mean young, hip and thrusting. Or is that young and hip-thrusting? Either way, Ray – author of the very fine novels SATURDAY’S CHILD and SUCKER PUNCH, among others – has a new title available: INSIDE STRAIGHT will be published by Blasted Heath on Thursday, Feburary 28th. Quoth the blurb elves: