“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.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The St. Patrick’s Day Massacre; Or, Five Years of Truly Great Irish Crime Writing

UPDATE: Given the weekend that’s in it, I thought this was worth a re-post. Normal-ish service will resume shortly … Ed.

Crime Always Pays has been on the go for roughly five years now, and I’ve read some terrific Irish crime novels during that time. With St Patrick’s Day on the way, I thought I’d offer a sample of what has been called ‘Emerald Noir’ – although it’s fair to say that many of the writers on the list below could be represented by a number of their novels, and it's also true that I haven’t read every Irish crime novel published in that time. And so, in no particular order, I present for your delectation:
The Whisperers, John Connolly

The Cold Cold Ground, Adrian McKinty

Broken Harbour, Tana French

The Guards, Ken Bruen

The Chosen, Arlene Hunt

Winterland, Alan Glynn

The Wrong Kind of Blood, Declan Hughes

The Nameless Dead, Brian McGilloway

The Holy Thief, William Ryan

The Fatal Touch, Conor Fitzgerald

Blood Loss, Alex Barclay

Mystery Man, Colin Bateman

My Lady Judge, Cora Harrison

Peeler, Kevin McCarthy

The Last Girl, Jane Casey

The Twelve, Stuart Neville

Orchid Blue, Eoin McNamee

Torn, Casey Hill

Plugged, Eoin Colfer

Elegy for April, Benjamin Black

Ghost Town, Michael Clifford

The Rage, Gene Kerrigan

11 comments:

seana graham said...

I'd say I know about and have read a fair number of these writers entirely thanks to your diligence here. Thank you.

amy gh said...

Congrats on five years. I am in the states and have found many of my favorite writers thanks to your blog! This is my go to place for new reading.

Declan Burke said...

Thanks kindly, Seana, not least for all your support of Irish crime writing over the last number of years.

Declan Burke said...

Hi Amy - Great to hear from you, and delighted to hear you've picked up on some of the great Irish crime writers via the blog. Long may it continue ...

Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks for that list and for introducing me to many, many fine Irish crime writers. I finished reading The Rage last night, and I can attest that it belongs.
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Peter Rozovsky said...

Oh, and what the hell do you know if you left out Absolute Zero Cool and Slaughter's Hound?

Declan Burke said...

Sorry, Peter. But it's longevity I'm claiming, not expertise.

Kathy D. said...

Thanks so much for your great blog, author interrogations and book reviews. I appreciate it all.

I have taken due note of the books you list here, and will add many to my staggering TBR list. The works by Alan Glynn, Adrian McKinty and Gene Kerrigan were already on it, and I'll add a few more.

Tana French has long been a favorite author of mine, and Cora Harrison, though not new to me, is well appreciated.

Best wishes on Saint Patrick's Day,

Kathy Durkin

Cora Harrison said...

Happy St Patrick's Day, Declan - and thanks for all you do for your fellow countrymen - and women.
Cora.

Declan Burke said...

Thanks kindly, Kathy. I do hope you enjoy.

Declan Burke said...

You're more than welcome, Cora. And a happy Paddy's Day to you too.