Yep, it’s rubber-hose time, folks: a rapid-fire Q&A for those shifty-looking usual suspects ...
What crime novel would you most like to have written?
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS by Thomas Harris. Never been topped.
What fictional character would you most like to have been?
Sam Spade in THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett or Travis McGee from the great crime series by John D. MacDonald.
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Most satisfying writing moment?
When you only have forty minutes to write, but three clean pages come rolling out.
If you could recommend one Irish crime novel, what would it be?
THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST by Stuart Neville. Such a great concept, and beautifully executed.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
IN THE WOODS by Tana French.
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Worst is that you have no one to gossip to all day. Best is freedom.
The pitch for your next book is …?
Abbie Kearney hunts down an escaped serial killer as he takes up where he left off.
Who are you reading right now?
GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn. Masterpiece.
God appears and says you can only write OR read. Which would it be?
Please don’t ask me that. Jesus. Read.
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Clean and vivid.
Stephan Talty’s BLACK IRISH is published by Headline.
“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.