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, March 13, 2012

There Will Be Bloodstock

It’s Cheltenham week, of course, so who else - rhetorical question alert - would we be talking about today other than Ireland’s finest exponent of the horse-racing thriller, Brian O’Connor. Brian’s debut novel, BLOODLINE, was a very fine thriller set in the world of Irish sport of kings, a setting O’Connor has stuck with for his follow-up offering. THREATEN TO WIN (Poolbeg) was published last month, with the blurb elves wittering thusly:
Lorcan Donovan is an ex-amateur rider in charge of the bloodstock empire of the billionaire American, Jake Weinberger. But behind the glamour of big-money horse deals and the world’s great races, all is not as it seems. Jockey Mike Clancy is in the pocket of a ruthless Irish gangster and is stopping Weinberger’s great Derby hope from winning. With millions gambled on the result, Donovan becomes a pawn in a vicious game of blackmail, kidnapping and corruption. The race to the finish line becomes a simple race to survive and the only one he can trust is himself.
  Brian O’Connor, incidentally, is a racing correspondent with the Irish Times, so it’s fair to say that he knows of what he speaks. Mind you, if he was that clued-in, he’d be rich as Croesus from betting on the nags, and wouldn’t need to write about them. Wouldn’t he?


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Richard L. Pangburn said...

Great! I'll have to give this one a try. I have a collection of horseracing related crime/detective novels and recently blogged about Stephen Dobyns' superb Saratoga series.

In Ireland, so I've read, the races are relatively ponderous affairs that slowly unfold like Hardy novels. At least, that's how Bill Barich says in his travel memoir.

Now that I think about it, I've met quite a few horsemen (women, mostly), who came here to Kentucky from Ireland, and I am well aware of the value of its bloodstock.

Today my touts detective novelists Declan Burke, Adrian McKinty, Colin Bateman, Eoin McNamee, and others. At least in pictures.

Richard L. Pangburn said...

You'd think that anyone capable of of navigating the security words to prove he isn't a robot could proof-read his posts better.

Sorry about the typos.