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.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Official: Adrian McKinty, Deviant

It’s hardly a week since I mentioned Adrian McKinty and his latest offering FALLING GLASS on these pages, so I hope you’ll forgive me for dredging up his name again so soon. The reason why is his next offering, DEVIANT, which at first, given the brutal honesty of the title, I presumed would be a warts-‘n’-all autobiography. But stay! DEVIANT is in fact McKinty’s latest young adult title, with the blurb elves wibbling thusly:
Danny Lopez is new in town. He made a mistake back home in Las Vegas, and now he has landed at an experimental school in Colorado for “tough cases.” At the Cobalt Charter School, everything is scripted—what the teachers say, what the students reply—and no other speaking is allowed. This super-controlled environment gives kids a second chance to make something of themselves. But with few freedoms, the students become sitting ducks for a killer determined to “clean up” Colorado Springs.
  Sounds like a belter, with McKinty himself describing it as ‘young adult noir (if such a genre exists’). Well, it does now; and it’s a rare young adult who doesn’t, in their blissful ignorance, consider themselves deviant in some shape or fashion. I certainly did. Anyway, we’ll leave it up to CAP’s semi-resident YA expert, aka Ms Witch, to tell us if it’s any good or not, but I’m certainly looking forward to delving into its deviance. Cracking cover, too.
  I like the theory, by the way. Snag ’em young, get ’em hooked on the spiritual crack of noir-styled misery and predestination, and you’re set for life. As for the kids, well, tough. I blame the parents. Do you know what your child is reading right now?


seana said...

I'm looking forward to this one too, but hadn't heard the premise yet. Sounds promising.

Glenna said...

Sounds like a good one.

adrian mckinty said...

I like that "warts and all" autobiography bit. And yeah there are parts of the 80's which I dont remember that well. I'm hoping that nothing bad happened the November night I found myself walking without shoes or a shirt along the M42 outside Solihull with a bottle of Johnnie Walker in one hand, but I'll never know for sure and maybe thats a good thing.

Declan Burke said...

But ... but Adrian ... Solihull ... that's the night we met (sob).

Men, eh? How soon they forget, etc.

Cheers, Dec

adrian mckinty said...

you had a Brummie accent then... what happened?

bookwitch said...

Yes. She's on my right, finishing the new Jacqueline Wilson (publ. Sept), and the other one is complaining loudly about Dublin, where he just picked up Down These Green Streets.

Why does Dublin not have bus maps?

Where's my Deviant, then?