Incarcerated in a home for young offenders, Wee Danny Gibson has learned how to act in front of his teachers, his educational psychologist and the institute’s supervisors. And if he continues to keep his nose clean, he could be rewarded with a day-trip to Castle Ward.For all the details (and for regular updates on developments in crime writing in Northern Ireland) clickety-click here …
But good behaviour is no easy task when his fellow inmates are determined to get in his face. Then there’s Conan ‘The Barbarian’ Quinlan, a gentle giant who Danny feels compelled to look out for.
Friend or liability? Danny can’t be sure, but he knows he needs to stay focussed on that little taste of freedom.
“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.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Wee Danny Boy
WEE ROCKETS. Quoth the blurb elves: