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.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Best Things In Life Are Free … Books

It’s a good week for Sir Kenneth of Bruen, people – LONDON BOULEVARD has just been short-listed for the SNCF ‘Best Foreign Crime Novel’ award in France (ooh la-la, etc.). Nice one, Sir Kenneth. To celebrate, we’re giving away – courtesy of the lovely folk at Brandon Books – three hardback copies of AMERICAN SKIN for free, gratis and nuffink. First, the blurb elves:
Stephen Blake is a good man blown in bad directions. He and girlfriend Siobhan, best friend Tommy, IRA terrorist Stapleton, and a particularly American sort of psychopath named Dade, are all on a collision course somewhere between the dive bars of New York and the pitiless desert of the Southwest. This is the long-awaited American novel by Ken Bruen, the hard-boiled master of Irish noir.
  Nice. To be in with a chance of winning a copy of AMERICAN SKIN, just answer the following question.
Is Ken Bruen’s rock ‘n’ roll alter-ego:
(a) Iggy Pop;
(b) Keith Richards;
(c) Kris Kristofferson;
(d) Jerry Lee Lewis?
  Answers via the comment box, please, leaving an email contact address (using (at) rather than @ to confound the spam-munchkins) by noon on Tuesday, September 30. Et bon chance, mes amis


Rafe McGregor said...

Iggy Pop, I reckon...

Gerard Brennan said...

Arrrgh! Want that!

I'll go with (d), Jerry Lee Lewis.



Anonymous said...

I'll go with Iggy b/c he is the one I like better and his music is "noirisher".



Brian said...

I'll be the first to say it -- he's totally Kris Kristofferson!

blindenmuth at gmail dot com

Keith Rawson said...

It's got to be Iggy

rawsonkeith (at)gmail dot com

Conduit said...

I believe it to be Kieth Richards, if I remember a particularly funny scene in SLIDE correctly. :)


Jen said...

I reckon I'd go with Iggy Pop as well.

forbyone (AT) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I'd go with (c) - Ken Bruen is the wisened gentleman of crime fiction. He's not loud and he's not brash. He's just damn good.


Helga said...

I vote for a, b, c and d... at least I´d be right on one account:)

helgabk at

Keith Rawson said...

Ah, Stuart, tell me you didn't just misspell Keith?

Conduit said...

To Keith: Ah. I did, didn't I? I shall stand in the corner for an hour and think about what I've done.