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.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Event: Michael Connelly Interview at City Hall

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of interviewing Michael Connelly at Dublin’s City Hall in the opening event of the Murder One crime fiction festival – Michael isn’t just a terrific writer and a great pro, he’s also a really nice guy who makes things incredibly easy on whoever happens to be interviewing him. The subjects covered included the origins of Harry Bosch and the influence of the artist Hieronymus Bosch and Raymond Chandler, the darker strain that has appeared in the more recent Harry Bosch novels, and the handing on of the baton from Harry to Michael’s newest series character, RenĂ©e Ballard. My favourite line from the afternoon, when I asked whether the semi-retired Harry could go to work as a private investigator for Mickey Haller: “Harry Bosch is driven by justice, and Mickey Haller is driven by a chauffeur.”
  The rest of the Murder One festival takes place next weekend, Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th of November, and features Lynda LaPlante, Liz Nugent, Peter James, William Ryan, Ali Land, Clare Mackintosh, Mark Billingham, Declan Hughes, Jane Casey and lots more. For details of how to book tickets to the events, clickety-click here

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