Kate and Mannix O’Brien live with their two children in a quirky house overlooking the Curragower Falls on the Shannon River in Limerick – a city where the haves and have-nots live cheek by jowl.For all the details, clickety-click here …
On the other side of the Atlantic, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the Harveys own a fashionable brownstone on Riverside Drive.
When American Oscar Harvey arrives in Limerick and opens the boot of the car his hosts have loaned him, he finds in it the body of a woman … and from this shocking beginning the story spools back to the roots of the house swap, which no one suspects will end in tragedy.
“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, January 28, 2014
A River Twists Through It
Siobhan MacDonald (right) will publish her debut, TWISTED RIVER (Exhibit A Books) later this year, the first signing by new Exhibit A editor Byron Quertermous. It’s the first of ‘two gripping, psychological, stand-alone thrillers’ (the second, THE BLUE POOL, will be published in 2015). To wit: