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.

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Best Things In Life Are Free Books: IRREGULARS by Kevin McCarthy

I was very impressed with Kevin McCarthy’s debut offering, PEELERS, and I’m delighted to be giving away a copy of Kevin’s new novel, IRREGULARS (New Island), to one lucky reader. First the blurb elves:
Dublin, 1922, as civil war sets brother against brother and Free State and Republican death squads stalk the streets and back lanes of Dublin, demobbed RIC-man, Sean O’Keefe, takes a break from life as a whiskey-soaked waster to search for the missing son of one of Monto’s most powerful brothel owners.
  Hired to find the boy amid the tumult and terror of a country at war with itself O’Keefe soon finds that the story is not as simple as it first seemed and that the truth can be hard to pin down.
  The second book in the O’Keefe series, IRREGULARS explores a fascinating and complex period of Irish history.
  Ken Bruen likes it, by the way:
“IRREGULARS is astounding. Kevin McCarthy is doing for Irish history what Dennis Lehane is doing for the history of Boston. Wonderfully written, tense, provocative and oh so highly entertaining. Shaping up to be THE SERIES of accessible Irish history. Cries out to be filmed.” – Ken Bruen
  To be in with a chance of winning a copy of IRREGULARS, just email me at dbrodb[at], putting ‘Irregulars’ in the subject line and – most important, folks – your postal address in the body text. The offer ends at noon on Saturday, June 15th. Et bon chance, mes amis

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