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.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Dana King, long a friend of this blog, has been kind enough to review your humble host’s forthcoming Kindle-published novel CRIME ALWAYS PAYS over at the New Mystery Reader, with the gist running thusly:
“Few books in recent memory have been as much fun to read as Declan Burke’s THE BIG O. The sequel, CRIME ALWAYS PAYS, is a worthy successor … The end result is a little like what might be expected if Elmore Leonard wrote from an outline by Carl Hiaasen … Devotees of strictly laid-out police procedurals or cosies may find CRIME ALWAYS PAYS a bit pell-mell for their taste; Burke’s not writing for them, anyway. [It’s] about the flow, the feel, the dialog, the interactions among characters, not knowing who’s working with—or against—who, the feeling that anything might happen at any moment. It’s as close to watching an action movie as a reading experience can be.”
  Which is very nice indeed. Thank you kindly, that man …


Bill H said...

Any chance you might be able to publish your book in PDF or Adobe Digital Editions, or ePub format at some point? I have a Sony reader and can't read Kindle books. I read your first two books and loved both of them.

Declan Burke said...

Bill - Ta for the kind words, sir. Can you mail me? Cheers, Dec

Bill H said...

I sent an email to dbrodb(at) Thanks for replying to my comment.

Mack said...


When should I start checking Amazon for the Kindle version? Alan Guthrie's Two-Way Split is lonely.


Alan Griffiths said...

Sounds good stuff Dec. TBO was a blast and I'll be doing my best to get hold of this somehow.

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