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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Publication: A MAN WITH ONE OF THOSE FACES by Caimh McDonnell

Stand-up comedian and scriptwriter Caimh McDonnell published his debut novel, A MAN WITH ONE OF THOSE FACES (McFori Ink), on August 27th. Quoth the blurb elves:
A darkly comic Irish crime thriller.
  The first time somebody tried to kill him was an accident.
  The second time was deliberate.
  Now Paul Mulchrone finds himself on the run with nobody to turn to except a nurse who has read one too many crime novels and a renegade copper with a penchant for violence. Together they must solve one of the most notorious crimes in Irish history … or else they’ll be history.
  To read Caimh on ‘The problem of comedic crime’, clickety-click here


Monday, September 12, 2016


Glucksman Ireland House at NYU hosts the launch of two books tomorrow evening, September 13th, as Elizabeth Mannion launches THE CONTEMPORARY IRISH DETECTIVE NOVEL and Stuart Neville launches SO SAY THE FALLEN. To wit:
Irish detective fiction has enjoyed an international readership for over a decade, appearing on best-seller lists across the globe. But its breadth of hard-boiled and amateur detectives, historical fiction, and police procedurals has remained somewhat marginalized in academic scholarship.
  Exploring the work of some of its leading writers, The Contemporary Irish Detective Novel, edited by Elizabeth Mannion, opens new ground in Irish literary criticism and genre studies. It considers the detective genre’s position in Irish Studies and the standing of Irish authors within the detective novel tradition.
  Writers John Connolly, Declan Hughes, and Stuart Neville will participate and will be signing books, as will Professors Elizabeth Mannion, Fiona Coffey, and Brian Cliff.

Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 p.m.
at Glucksman Ireland House NYU
  For more, clickety-click here