“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.
Monday, July 1, 2013
The Irish Crime Novel of the Year
It’s an interesting year in many respects, not least because 2013 is a year in which many of the big names in Irish crime fiction – John Connolly, Tana French, Gene Kerrigan, Eoin McNamee, Colin Bateman, Arlene Hunt, Alex Barclay, Declan Hughes – haven’t published a crime fiction title. That said, the list of possible contenders below contains a number of previously nominated authors, as well as one or two winners.
Of the 16 titles already published this year, there are at least nine novels that I would consider worthy winners, let alone nominees. And there are a further six titles, that I’m aware of, to be published in the second half of the year.
If I’ve missed out on any, by the way, please feel free to drop a comment in the box below tipping me off.
GRAVELAND by Alan Glynn;
THE DEAL by Michael Clifford;
THE STRANGER YOU KNOW by Jane Casey;
THE CITY OF SHADOWS by Michael Russell;
CROCODILE TEARS by Mark O’Sullivan;
SCREWED by Eoin Colfer;
THE TWELFTH DEPARTMENT by William Ryan;
COLD SPRING by Patrick McGinley;
HIDDEN by Casey Hill;
RATLINES by Stuart Neville;
THE POLKA DOT GIRL by Darragh McManus;
HOLY ORDERS by Benjamin Black;
I HEAR THE SIRENS IN THE STREET by Adrian McKinty;
THE JERUSALEM PUZZLE by Laurence O’Bryan;
IRREGULARS by Kevin McCarthy;
THE STATION SERGEANT by John McAllister;
ONCE IN ANOTHER WORLD by Brendan John Sweeney;
STIFFED by Rob Kitchin;
THE MEMORY THEATRE by Conor Fitzgerald;
BLINK by Niamh O’Connor;
THE DOLL’S HOUSE by Louise Phillips;
THE CROSS OF VENGEANCE by Cora Harrison;
PURGATORY by Ken Bruen;
ECHOLAND by Joe Joyce;
HURT by Brian McGilloway;
If you can pick the six titles out that lot that will make the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year shortlist, you’re a better man and/or woman than I …
UPDATE: Louise Phillips points out that Arlene Hunt will publish THE OUTSIDER in October. Thanks kindly, ma’am.