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, November 26, 2008

Burke And McFetridge, Going Dutch

In case you missed the linky-poo on Monday, John McFetridge (right) is writing a meta-fiction-y short story in which he and I go on a crime spree during our pre-Bouchercon road-trip. To wit:
When I wrote my novel, EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE, I used Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing, and I’m pretty sure that Declan Burke used them when he wrote his novel, THE BIG O, so it was natural when we teamed up to pull armed robberies on our way to Bouchercon in Baltimore, we’d use Elmore’s Ten Rules for Success and Happiness from his novel SWAG.
  In both cases we had to make minor changes to the rules. For one thing, grocery stores and bars never have much cash on hand anymore and one exclamation point for every hundred thousand words? Come on, these are crime novels, people getting robbed and beaten up yell ...
  It’s all true, by the way. Except for the bit where I call Elmore Leonard ‘Dutch’. For the rest, clickety-click here

Now this is what I call the Big Time


Gerard Brennan said...

Great fun. I'll be keeping an eye on it.


adrian mckinty said...

Sounds like a larf

Peter Rozovsky said...

Golly, does Elmore Leonard saunter over to you and say, "Hey, Irish!"?

V-word: blend.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

Declan Burke said...

I believe it's actually one of Elmore Leonard's legal representatives, Peter, and he says, "Hey, Irish, you're served for third-rate plagarism." Still, it can't be Mills & Boon every day, right?

Cheers, Dec

Logan Lamech said...

So will this be a story actually for sale or is it just between friends for fun, because now I'm interested.

Logan Lamech

Gerard Brennan said...

I just spotted the update about the Elmore Leonard website. Frickin' class!

I think you should make a bigger deal about it.