“Declan Burke is his own genre. The Lammisters dazzles, beguiles and transcends. Virtuoso from start to finish.” – Eoin McNamee “This bourbon-smooth riot of jazz-age excess, high satire and Wodehouse flamboyance is a pitch-perfect bullseye of comic brilliance.” – Irish Independent Books of the Year 2019 “This rapid-fire novel deserves a place on any bookshelf that grants asylum to PG Wodehouse, Flann O’Brien or Kyril Bonfiglioli.” – Eoin Colfer, Guardian Best Books of the Year 2019 “The funniest book of the year.” – Sunday Independent “Declan Burke is one funny bastard. The Lammisters ... conducts a forensic analysis on the anatomy of a story.” – Liz Nugent “Burke’s exuberant prose takes centre stage … He plays with language like a jazz soloist stretching the boundaries of musical theory.” – Totally Dublin “A mega-meta smorgasbord of inventive language ... linguistic verve not just on every page but every line.Irish Times “Above all, The Lammisters gives the impression of a writer enjoying himself. And so, dear reader, should you.” – Sunday Times “A triumph of absurdity, which burlesques the literary canon from Shakespeare, Pope and Austen to Flann O’Brien … The Lammisters is very clever indeed.” – The Guardian

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Publication: THE DEAD SAMARITAN by Emily Westbrooks

Emily Westbrooks published THE DEAD SAMARITAN on August 31st, a gritty urban thriller set in Dublin rooted in the murky world of people-trafficking. To wit:
Two men – an American and an African – have one thing in common: they are trying to find sisters who have mysteriously disappeared. They are total strangers until fate brings them together in Dublin where they soon find themselves enmeshed in an ugly people-trafficking racket.
  Sean Deery is a writer specialising in uncovering the dark side of popular travel destinations for Edge Magazine. He’s been in Spain, writing about immigrant ‘towel boys’ who patrol the beaches looking for punters. And he’s fallen for kindred spirit Irish girl Nora, a tough video reporter.
  But Sean’s in Dublin less than an hour when sees a black man being pulped in a side street – and pitches in like a Good Samaritan. Manny is a South African, has also recently arrived in the city, with no proper ID. He ends up in intensive care with serious head injuries. The assault is carried out by members of a gang that deals in drugs, robbery, extortion, prostitution. The Gardai believe Sean’s on a drugs-related mission.
  As their histories unfold, the two men pledge to help each other in their quest to find their missing sisters.
  Now there are two Samaritans – but one winds up dead. Can Sean survive the threats from a rival gang when the trail takes him to Limerick? What fear has driven Manny to crawl from his hospital bed while under police guard? Will Nora be able to save either man from a fate worse than death?
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