“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, March 12, 2013

The Life of Riley; Or, Eoin Colfer’s WARPed Sense of Humour

Eoin Colfer’s W.A.R.P: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN (Puffin) isn’t officially released until April 11, but if you’re in Oxford on Saturday week (March 23rd) you’ll be able to get along to the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, where Eoin will be launching the new tome, which is the first in a proposed series. To wit:
Join Eoin Colfer, the hysterically funny and utterly brilliant author of the internationally bestselling Artemis Fowl series, as he comes to the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival to launch his brand new series W.A.R.P: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN. Eoin will introduce you to his fantastic new villain, Riley, aka The Reluctant Assassin, a Victorian boy who is suddenly plucked from his own time into the 21st century, accused of murder and on the run. Get ready for an explosive new adventure, Colfer’s trademark wit and a villain to die for.
  For all the details, clickety-click here.
  For an interview I did with Eoin last year for the Irish Times, to mark the final Artemis Fowl novel, clickety-click here.

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