“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, April 18, 2015

One To Watch: A LITTLE MORE FREE by John McFetridge

I’ve been a fan of John McFetridge’s for quite a few years now, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance reading copy of his forthcoming A LITTLE MORE FREE (ECW Press). It’s the second novel to feature Montreal-based police constable Eddie Dougherty, and it’s an absolute cracker. Quoth the blurb elves:
Montreal, Labour Day weekend, 1972. The city is getting ready to host the first game in the legendary Summit Series between Canada and the USSR. Three men set fire to a nightclub and Constable Eddie Dougherty witnesses the deaths of 37 people. The Museum of Fine Arts is robbed and two million dollars’ worth of paintings are stolen. Against the backdrop of these historic events, Dougherty discovers the body of a murdered young man on Mount Royal. As he tries to prove he has the stuff to become a detective, he is drawn into the world of American draft dodgers and deserters, class politics, and organized crime.
  The bad news? A LITTLE MORE FREE won’t be published until September. Still, it’ll be worth waiting for, and in the meantime you can catch up on John’s previous offerings. To keep up to date on future developments, wander on over to John’s blog

6 comments:

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Thanks! Added to my TBR list.

Peter Rozovsky said...

That Eddie Dougherty us turning out to be quite a character, isn't he?

pattinase (abbott) said...

What an excellent writer and a helluva nice guy.

Declan Burke said...

Couldn't agree more, folks. John's a terrific writer ...

Peter Rozovsky said...

With a grasp of integrating his characters and their stories very nicely with the currents of the times in which he lived and, ahem, a terrific knack for naming minor characters.

Peter Rozovsky said...

Let's try that one again, with correct grammar and syntax:


With a grasp on integrating his characters and their stories very nicely with the currents of the times in which they live and, ahem, a terrific knack for naming minor characters.