“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, June 5, 2016

Publication: SILENCE by Anthony J. Quinn

Anthony J. Quinn is one of the most under-appreciated of the new wave of Irish crime writers. SILENCE (Head of Zeus) is his fifth novel, and the third – following on from DISAPPEARED and BORDER ANGELS – to feature Northern Ireland police detective Celcius Daly. To wit:
A bizarre road accident propels Celcius Daly into an investigation that will reveal the truth about his mother’s death thirty years ago. Father Aloysius Walsh spent the last years of his life painstakingly collecting evidence of murder: a year-long killing spree of unparalleled savagery that blighted Ireland’s borderlands at the end of the 1970s. Pinned to his bedroom wall, a macabre map charts the grim territory of death: victims, weapons, wounds, dates - and somehow, amid the forest of pins and notes, he had discerned a pattern ...
  So why did Father Walsh deliberately drive through a cordon of policemen and off the road to his death? Why, when Inspector Celcius Daly arrives at the scene, does he find Special Branch already there? And why is his mother’s name on the priest’s map?
  The past poisons the present and Daly’s life will never be the same again.
  SILENCE has just been published in paperback. For a review of Anthony Quinn’s DISAPPEARED, clickety-click here

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