“Declan Burke is his own genre. The Lammisters dazzles, beguiles and transcends. Virtuoso from start to finish.” – Eoin McNamee “This bourbon-smooth riot of jazz-age excess, high satire and Wodehouse flamboyance is a pitch-perfect bullseye of comic brilliance.” – Irish Independent Books of the Year 2019 “This rapid-fire novel deserves a place on any bookshelf that grants asylum to PG Wodehouse, Flann O’Brien or Kyril Bonfiglioli.” – Eoin Colfer, Guardian Best Books of the Year 2019 “The funniest book of the year.” – Sunday Independent “Declan Burke is one funny bastard. The Lammisters ... conducts a forensic analysis on the anatomy of a story.” – Liz Nugent “Burke’s exuberant prose takes centre stage … He plays with language like a jazz soloist stretching the boundaries of musical theory.” – Totally Dublin “A mega-meta smorgasbord of inventive language ... linguistic verve not just on every page but every line.Irish Times “Above all, The Lammisters gives the impression of a writer enjoying himself. And so, dear reader, should you.” – Sunday Times “A triumph of absurdity, which burlesques the literary canon from Shakespeare, Pope and Austen to Flann O’Brien … The Lammisters is very clever indeed.” – The Guardian

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Crimes Against Crime Fiction # 2,102: The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph ran a feature on Saturday entitled ‘50 Crime Writers To Read Before You Die’, and we’re still not sure if we should laugh or cry. Yes, we’ve always had a sneaking fondness for GREAT EXPECTATIONS as a noir-ish tale – but Charles Dickens as a crime writer? Hmmmmm ... Happy days for The Artist Formerly Known As Colin Bateman, who gets the following entry: “Any appearance by Bateman’s regular protagonist, journalist Dan Starkey, heralds the imminent death in amusing fashion of half the population of Belfast. Comic thrillers that are actually comic and thrilling.” Hurrah! Okay, now for the crying bit: the list of 50 does not – repeat not – include James M. Cain, Ross Macdonald, John D. McDonald, W.R. Burnett or Horace McCoy. Seriously. But it does – repeat, does – include Benjamin Black. Wot? Benny Blanco? ARE YOU FRICKIN’ KIDDING US?????


Uriah Robinson said...

Dec believe it or not Mr Mckie of the Telegraph panel commented on Crime Scraps that P.D James, Baroness James no less, degrees coming out of her ears PD James, President of the Society of Authors, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts,OBE can't write!!??

Peter Rozovsky said...

Oh, boy, are those Telegraphers rubbing their hands with glee at the debate their list is generating! One would almost they think they threw in a few outrageous choices and made some provocatively silly remarks just to spark discussion, thus engaging in a practice seen by some as the curse of blogging. But would an organ of the respectable press do that?
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Declan Burke said...

Uriah - Sadly, I can't comment, having never read any of PD James' novels. Yes, I'm wearing a pointy hat as I type ... Peter - How cynical, sir. Anyone would think you work in the newspaper industry ... But seriously, folks - no James M. Cain or Ross Macdonald? Criminal ... Cheers, Dec

Uriah Robinson said...

He didn't think Colin Dexter or Tony Hillerman could write either, but then they aren't Dames of the British Empire.