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.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Embiggened O # 1,012: The White Trash Verdict Is In!

How do we love thee, Patrick Shawn Bagley (right)? Let us count the ways … Well, for starters there’s the fact that he runs an interweb yokeybus called Hillbillies and Hitmen. And is a self-confessed ‘Fat bastard and white-trash raconteur’. But mainly we’re loving the hup-ya he gave our humble offering, THE BIG O, on the aforementioned H&H. To wit:
“Belated thanks to the family Jordan for sending me a free copy of Declan Burke’s second novel, THE BIG O, a few weeks ago. It’s one hell of a read, with a plot that never slows down long enough for the reader to take a breath. Had Dutch Leonard been born in Sligo, he might have written something like this. I have a new writer to add to my list of favourites.”
A thumbs-up from the white-trash hillbilly demographic? Criminy, we’d better retire now. Like, how could it possibly get any better?


colman said...

does he play DUELLING BANJOS ?
Second thoughts don't ask him, he's tooooooooooo scaaaarrreeeeyy

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

You know you've arrived when hicks are reading your stuff. I'm telling all my friends to spend their week's scratch-ticket money for copies of THE BIG O instead.

Do I play DUELLING BANJOS? Only on Valentine's Day.

colman said... romantic!

Declan Burke said...

Patrick? Don't diss the hicks - I'm from the northwest of Ireland. Solidarity, brothers ... Colman? You're kidding no one with the Duelling Banjos carry-on - we know you've an accordion stashed in the attic. Although, in saying that, the definition of a gentleman is a man who can play the accordion, and doesn't ...