“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, November 1, 2014

Publication: CRIME ALWAYS PAYS now available in paperback

I’m delighted to announced that my current tome, CRIME ALWAYS PAYS (Severn House), is now available in paperback, which means that you can score the hardback edition for £16.99, the paperback for £11.99, or the e-book for £9.65. Quoth the blurb elves:
Who says crime doesn’t pay? The perpetrators of a botched kidnap make their getaway in this hilarious sequel to THE BIG O.
  Karen and Ray are on their way to the Greek islands to rendezvous with Madge and split the fat bag of cash they conned from her ex-husband Rossi when they kidnapped, well, Madge. But they’ve reckoned without Stephanie Doyle, the cop who can’t decide if she wants to arrest Madge, shoot Rossi, or ride off into the sunset with Ray. And then there’s Melody, the wannabe movie director, who’s pinning all her hopes on Sleeps, the narcoleptic getaway driver who just wants to go back inside and do some soft time.
  A European road-trip screwball noir, CRIME ALWAYS PAYS features cops and robbers, losers and hopers, villains, saints – and a homicidal Siberian wolf called Anna. The Greek islands will never be the same again.
  According to the good people at Publishers Weekly, CRIME ALWAYS PAYS is ‘both baffling and entertaining’. For all the details, clickety-click here

Friday, October 31, 2014

News: The Crime Fiction Shortlist for the Irish Book Awards

The Irish Book Awards are almost upon us again, and yesterday the various shortlists were announced. The crime fiction shortlist looks like this:
The Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award

Can Anybody Help Me? by Sinéad Crowley
Last Kiss by Louise Phillips
The Final Silence by Stuart Neville
The Kill by Jane Casey
The Secret Place by Tana French
Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent
  The very best of luck to all those nominated; the winner will be announced on November 26th. If you’d like to vote for your favourite book, clickety-click here

Monday, October 27, 2014

Publication: BLOOD RED TURNS DOLLAR GREEN, Vol. 3 by Paul O’Brien

Hollywood has already come calling for Paul O’Brien, the Wexford-based author of the ‘Blood Red Turns Dollar Green’ wrestling-noir novels. The phenomenal response to his books, and particularly from the professional wrestling community, is all the more impressive when you realise Paul has self-published his titles. The third in the trilogy, BLOOD RED TURNS DOLLAR GREEN, VOL. 3, has just been published. To wit:
It’s 1984. Twelve years after the New York territory was nearly burned to the ground. Twelve years since a bullet changed everything. Twelve years since Lenny Long saw his family. Twelve years is a long time to think. Twelve years is a long time to plan. Twelve years is just about the perfect amount of time for revenge. Blood Red Turns Dollar Green, Vol. 3 is the final book in the #1 Bestselling crime trilogy.
  For more, clickety-click here