“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “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, April 15, 2016

Coming Soon: TREACHEROUS STRAND by Andrea Carter

Andrea Carter follows up her debut DEATH AT WHITEWATER CHURCH – which I thoroughly enjoyed – with TREACHEROUS STRAND (Constable), in which amateur sleuth solicitor Ben O’Keeffe returns. To wit:
A woman’s body washes up on a remote beach on the Inishowen peninsula. Partially-clothed, with a strange tattoo on her thigh, she is identified as Marguerite Etienne, a French woman who has been living in the area.
  Solicitor Benedicta ‘Ben’ O’Keeffe is consumed by guilt; Marguerite was her client, and for the second time in her life Ben has failed someone who needed her, with tragic consequences. So when local Sergeant Tom Molloy dismisses Marguerite’s death as the suicide of a disturbed and lonely woman, Ben cannot let it lie.
  Ben uncovers Marguerite’s strange past as a member of a French doomsday cult, which she escaped twenty years previously but not without leaving her baby daughter behind. Disturbed by what appears to be chilling local indifference to Marguerite’s death, Ben pieces together the last few weeks of the French woman’s life in Inishowen. What she discovers causes her to question the fragile nature of her own position in the area, and she finds herself crossing boundaries both personal and professional to unearth local secrets long buried.
  TREACHEROUS STRAND will be published on June 2nd. For more on Andrea Carter, clickety-click here

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

One to Watch: THE DEAD RINGER by Triona Walsh

Triona Walsh publishes her debut thriller THE DEAD RINGER (Liberties Press) in June, a novel laced with political corruption and blackmail. To wit:
A young sex worker, who bears a disturbing likeness to the Taoiseach’s daughter - Kate Cunningham - is found murdered in a Kildare wood. Could the Taoiseach have killed her? Kate investigates who she is and why she was killed. But can she solve the case before she too ends up on the mortuary slab?
  THE DEAD RINGER will be published on June 20th. For more on Triona Walsh, clickety-click here

Monday, April 11, 2016

Coming Soon: GIRL UNKNOWN by Karen Perry

Crime writing partnership Karen Gillece and Paul Perry have established a terrific reputation for psychological thrillers with their first two novels, THE BOY THAT NEVER WAS and ONLY WE KNOW. Their third novel is GIRL UNKNOWN:
When Zoe Barry walks into Professor David Connolly’s office and announces that she is his daughter, he is left reeling. Suddenly his family - imperfect, flawed, but working - is trying to find space for someone new.
  But Zoe’s stories don’t quite add up and lies become indistinguishable from truths. The family struggle to make sense of whether she is a sister, a daughter, a friend, an enemy. But no one could have expected where it all might end.
  Because they have let into their home a girl that they do not know. And now everything they have built has begun to violently, determinedly, break apart.
  GIRL UNKNOWN will be published on June 2nd.