ABSOLUTE ZERO COOL: “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. SLAUGHTERS HOUND: “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. THE BIG O: “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. EIGHTBALL BOOGIE: “One of the sharpest, wittiest books Ive read for ages.” – Sunday Independent. THE LOST AND THE BLIND: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Declan Burke

I am the editor of TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS (2016), a collection of new short fiction from Ireland’s leading crime writers published by New Island Books.

My sixth novel, THE LOST AND THE BLIND (2014), was published by Severn House.

CRIME ALWAYS PAYS (Severn House) was shortlisted for the Goldsboro ‘Last Laugh’ Award at Crimefest in 2015.

With John Connolly, I am the co-editor of BOOKS TO DIE FOR (2012), a collection of essays on the greatest crime and mystery novels written by the greatest living crime and mystery authors. The book won the non-fiction crime Anthony, Macavity and Agatha awards in 2013.

SLAUGHTER’S HOUND, the latest Harry Rigby mystery, was shortlisted in the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Category for the Irish Book Awards, 2012.

ABSOLUTE ZERO COOL won the Goldsboro ‘Last Laugh’ Award at Crimefest in 2012. It was also shortlisted for the Crime Fiction category at the Irish Book Awards, 2011.

EIGHTBALL BOOGIE (2003) was shortlisted in the Crime Fiction category at the Irish Book Awards, 2003. THE BIG O (2008) was shortlisted for the Goldsboro ‘Last Laugh’ Award in 2009.

In 2011, I edited DOWN THESE GREEN STREETS, a collection of essays, memoir and short stories written by Irish crime writers about the current wave of Irish crime writing.

My short stories and critical essays have appeared in the collections SHADOWING THE DETECTIVES (2010), UNCAGE ME (2009), THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST BRITISH MYSTERIES (2011), THE QUIET QUARTER: TEN YEARS OF GREAT IRISH WRITING (2009), SILVER THREADS OF HOPE (2012) and NEW PLANET CABARET (2013), among others.

As a journalist and critic, I write and broadcast on books and film for a variety of media outlets, including the Irish Times, RTE, the Irish Examiner and the Sunday Independent.

Contact: dbrodb[@]gmail.com

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