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 26, 2013

The Turn Of The Screwed

There’s a touch of the old log-roll about today’s post, given that Eoin Colfer was kind enough to say nice things about THE BIG O last week, so I won’t say anything nice at all about his latest adult crime tome, SCREWED (Headline), which will be published on May 9th. The follow-up to PLUGGED, it sounds a lot like this:
Dan McEvoy doesn’t set out to get into violent confrontations with New Jersey’s gangster overlords but he’s long since found that once you’re on their radar, there’s only one way to slip off it. So he’s learned his own way to fight back, aiming to outwit rather than kill unless he really has no choice. But when Dan’s glam step-gran Edit shows up on the hunt for his dishevelled aunt Evelyn, it quickly becomes clear that family can provide the deadliest threat of all. In a city of gun-happy criminals, bent cops and a tough-talking woman detective whose inspires terror and lust in equal measure, Dan may just have reached the point where sharp wit won’t cut the mustard. But can he play the heavies at their own game?
  For a review of PLUGGED, clickety-click here.
  For an interview with Eoin Colfer to mark the publication of the final Artemis Fowl novel (‘Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Fowl’), clickety-click here.

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