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, March 4, 2016

Publication: A SAVAGE HUNGER by Claire McGowan

Claire McGowan’s A SAVAGE HUNGER (Headline) is the fourth in the Northern Ireland-set crime series featuring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire. To wit:
Victim: Female. Twenty-two years of age.
  Reason for investigation: Missing person.
  ID: Alice Morgan. Student. Last seen at a remote religious shrine in Ballyterrin.
  Alice Morgan’s disappearance raises immediate questions for forensic psychologist Paula Maguire. Alice, the daughter of a life peer in the Home Office, has vanished along with a holy relic - the bones of a saint - and the only trace is the bloodstains on the altar.
  With no body to confirm death, the pressure in this high-profile case is all-consuming, and Paula knows that she will have to put her own life, including her imminent marriage, on hold, if they are to find the truth.
  A connection to a decades-old murder immediately indicates that all may not be as it seems; as the summer heat rises and tempers fray, can Alice be found or will they learn that those that are hungry for vengeance may be the most savage of all?
  A SAVAGE HUNGER will be published on March 10th. Claire McGowan has been acclaimed as “Ireland’s answer to Ruth Rendell” by no less an authority than Ken Bruen. For more on Claire McGowan, clickety-click here

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Publication: WHAT SHE NEVER TOLD ME by Kate McQuaile

Originally from Drogheda, now living in London, Kate McQuaile’s debut novel of psychological suspense WHAT SHE NEVER TOLD ME (Quercus) is set in Ireland. To wit:
I talked to my mother the night she died, losing myself in memories of when we were happiest together. But I held one memory back, and it surfaces now, unbidden. I see a green postbox and a small hand stretching up to its oblong mouth. I am never sure whether that small hand is mine. But if not mine, whose?
  Louise Redmond left Ireland for London before she was twenty. Now, more than two decades later, her heart already breaking from a failing marriage, she is summoned home. Her mother is on her deathbed, and it is Louise’s last chance to learn the whereabouts of a father she never knew.
  Stubborn to the end, Marjorie refuses to fill in the pieces of her daughter’s fragmented past. Then Louise unexpectedly finds a lead. A man called David Prescott . . . but is he really the father she’s been trying to find? And who is the mysterious little girl who appears so often in her dreams? As each new piece of the puzzle leads to another question, Louise begins to suspect that the memories she most treasures could be a delicate web of lies.
WHAT SHE NEVER TOLD ME will be published on March 3rd.