“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, June 22, 2013

Spare Not The Corpses, James

Irish crime fiction fans will be spoiled for choice next Tuesday evening, June 25th, when two of the biggest names in international crime writing arrive into Dublin.
  Peter James (right) will be appearing at Hodges Figgis in the company of Irish writers Niamh O’Connor and Mark O’Sullivan, where the trio will be reading from their own work and chatting about crime writing in general. Peter has just published the latest Roy Grace novel, DEAD MAN’S TIME, while Niamh will publish WORSE CAN HAPPEN in August. Mark, an award-winning children’s author, recently published his crime fiction debut, CROCODILE TEARS. The event kicks off at Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street at 6.30pm.
  Meanwhile, as I mentioned last week, Jeffrey Deaver will be appearing at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire, where he will be discussing his new Lincoln Rhyme novel, THE KILL ROOM, with John Connolly. I’ve read THE KILL ROOM in the interim, and it’s a fascinating piece of work. Jeffrey also contributed a terrific piece on John D. MacDonald’s THE EXECUTIONERS to BOOKS TO DIE FOR, which John edited, so that should be a cracking conversation on the crime novel. For all the details, clickety-click here

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