Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Publication: THE DEAD SAMARITAN by Emily Westbrooks

Emily Westbrooks published THE DEAD SAMARITAN on August 31st, a gritty urban thriller set in Dublin rooted in the murky world of people-trafficking. To wit:
Two men – an American and an African – have one thing in common: they are trying to find sisters who have mysteriously disappeared. They are total strangers until fate brings them together in Dublin where they soon find themselves enmeshed in an ugly people-trafficking racket.
  Sean Deery is a writer specialising in uncovering the dark side of popular travel destinations for Edge Magazine. He’s been in Spain, writing about immigrant ‘towel boys’ who patrol the beaches looking for punters. And he’s fallen for kindred spirit Irish girl Nora, a tough video reporter.
  But Sean’s in Dublin less than an hour when sees a black man being pulped in a side street – and pitches in like a Good Samaritan. Manny is a South African, has also recently arrived in the city, with no proper ID. He ends up in intensive care with serious head injuries. The assault is carried out by members of a gang that deals in drugs, robbery, extortion, prostitution. The Gardai believe Sean’s on a drugs-related mission.
  As their histories unfold, the two men pledge to help each other in their quest to find their missing sisters.
  Now there are two Samaritans – but one winds up dead. Can Sean survive the threats from a rival gang when the trail takes him to Limerick? What fear has driven Manny to crawl from his hospital bed while under police guard? Will Nora be able to save either man from a fate worse than death?
  For more on Emily Westbrooks, clickety-click here

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Festival: Festival du Polar Irlandais Noire Emeraude

It’s off with a host of Irish crime writers to Paris and the Irish Cultural Centre for the weekend, and the Festival du Polar Irlandais Noire Emeraude, which loosely translates as the ‘Emerald Black Irish Crime Festival’. To wit:
Wednesday 19 September, 7.30 pm
OPENING EVENING
Benjamin Black (John Banville) in conversation with Clíona Ní Ríordáin
Born in Ireland in 1945, John Banville lives in Dublin. Since its inception, the work of this "goldsmith of words" has been rewarded with numerous literary prizes. Passionate about police literature of the 50s, he also wrote black novels under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, the last appeared Vengeance (2017); their recurring hero, coroner Quirke, was portrayed by Gabriel Byrne in a television series aired in 2014 on the BBC.

Thursday, September 20th, 7:30 pm
DETECTIVES AND CRIMINALS FROM PAGE TO SCREEN
Jo Spain in conversation with director Conor Horgan
The Irish novelist of crime fiction, Jo Spain, recently commissioned to write her first TV drama for RTÉ, will tell us about the difficulties of moving from writing novels to that of scenarios. Produced this summer by the directors of the hit Irish series Love / Hate, her Taken Down series is released on screen in November 2018.

Friday, September 21, 7:30 pm
SCENE OF THE CRIME
Alex Barclay and Declan Hughes in conversation with Declan Burke
Scene of the Crime will focus on Ireland as a backdrop for crime fiction and what is so revealed about contemporary society. Alex Barclay and Declan Hughes will also tell us about their experience when locating a plot in a foreign country, their motivations, the constraints that entails and the strengths that this narrative choice represents.

Saturday, September 22nd, 5pm
WHYDUNIT
Liz Nugent, Jane Casey and Declan Burke in conversation with Declan Hughes
Whydunit will examine the alternatives to the traditional black novel focusing in particular on the psychological drama as well as on the band police officer.
Liz Nugent, Jane Casey and Declan Burke will give us keys to understanding this form of crime novel that focuses more on the motivations of the character who committed a crime than on the murderer.

Saturday, September 22, 7:30 pm
TRUE CRIME
Eoin McNamee, Niamh O'Connor, Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde in conversation with Wesley Hutchinson
Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde are the creators of West Cork, a podcast produced by Audible, dealing with the murder of Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan de Plantier in the West Cork area. With Niamh O'Connor and Eoin McNamee, they will discuss the ethics of novel based on a real news story.
  For all the details, clickety-click here

Monday, September 17, 2018

Publication: MURDER AT GREYSBRIDGE by Andrea Carter

Andrea Carter publishes the fourth in her Inishowen Mysteries series, MURDER AT GREYSBRIDGE, which is set against the bleakly beautiful landscape of north Donegal. Quoth the blurb elves:
Accident or murder? A perfect day hides the perfect crime . . .
  Summer has arrived in Inishowen and solicitor Ben O’Keeffe is greatly tempted by a job offer she’s received from a law firm in America. Yet before making any life-changing decisions there is her friend Leah’s wedding to attend at the newly restored Greysbridge Hotel, with its private beach and beautiful pier. It’s the perfect location, everyone agrees, but the festivities are brutally cut short when a young American, a visitor also staying at the hotel, drowns in full view of the wedding guests.
  And when a second death is discovered the same evening, Ben finds herself embroiled in a real country house murder mystery, where all the guests are suspects . . .
  MURDER AT GREYSBRIDGE will be published on October 4th. For more on Andrea Carter, clickety-click here

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Event: The Launch of ‘Murder One’ at Hodges Figgis

To launch the forthcoming Dublin-based crime fiction festival Murder One, Sam Blake (right), Catherine Ryan Howard and Dr Bernice Murphy take part in ‘Serial Thrillers’ at Hodges Figgis on September 20th. To wit:
Join the MURDER ONE team for Serial Thrillers, an evening of criminal conversation at Hodges Figgis Bookshop, Dawson Street, at 6.30pm on Thursday 20th September, 2018.
  In 2017, crime fiction overtook general and literary fiction to officially become the biggest selling genre in the book trade. What is it about serial killings, police investigations and tales of domestic suspense that keep us coming back for more? Ahead of Murder One, bestselling Irish crime writers Catherine Ryan Howard and Sam Blake will be in conversation with Dr Bernice Murphy, co-director of the M.Phil in Popular Literature at Trinity College Dublin, in an event that’s sure to thrill all crime fiction fans.
  For all the details about the Murder One festival, clickety-click here

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Event: Eoin McNamee in Conversation with Paula Shields

Eoin McNamee’s latest novel, THE VOGUE (Faber & Faber), will be published on October 18th. Quoth the blurb elves:
Late 1944, and two teenagers dance the Vogue in silence on the projectionist's floor of the Cranfield Aerodrome. She draws the outlines of their footwork in eyebrow pencil on the white sheet. He loses their bet.
  Decades later, a ghost returns to Mourne to identify a body found in the shifting sands. Names have long since been changed; children long since cast out; lies long thought forgotten.
  Set against an eerie landscape, awash with secrets, The Vogue is a grimly poetic dance through the intertwined stories of a deeply religious community, an abandoned military base, and a long-shuttered children's Care Home.
  Eoin will be in conversation with Paula Shields at the dlr Lexicon in Dub Laoghaire on November 6th. For all the details, clickety-click here