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Eight-ball Boogie

(The first book in the Harry Rigby series)
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'Imelda Sheridan was dead, which was tough cookies on Imelda, but then every silver lining has its cloud. My job was to find out who and why, at 12 cent per word for the right facts in the right order ... which is how it all started out, anyway.'

Freelance hack Harry Rigby likes a smoke, the easy life and Robert Ryan playing the bad buy in late night black-and-whites. Sweet. But when the wife of a prominent politician is murdered in her best nightdress, Rigby finds himself caught in a crossfire between rogue paramilitaries, an internal Garda inquiry and the heaviest blizzard of coke ever to hit Ireland's northwest. If all that wasn't bad enough, his relationship with Denise is on the rocks. And then there's Gonzo, Rigby's brother, back on the streets and meaner than a jilted shark ...

Praise for Eightball Boogie:

"I have seen the future of Irish crime fiction and it's called Declan Burke. Here is talent writ large - mesmerizing, literate, smart and gripping. If there is such an animal as the literary crime novel, then this is it. But as a compelling crime novel, it is so far ahead of anything being produced, that at last my hopes for crime fiction are renewed. I can't wait to read his next novel." - Ken Bruen, author of THE GUARDS

"Burke writes in a staccato prose that ideally suits his purpose, and his narrative booms along as attention grippingly as a Harley Davidson with the silencer missing. Downbeat but exhilarating." - The Irish Times

"Harry Rigby resembles the gin-soaked love child of Rosalind Russell and William Powell ... a wild ride worth taking." - Booklist

"A manic, edgy tone that owes much to Elmore Leonard ... could be the start of something big." - The Sunday Times

"One of the sharpest, wittiest books I've read for ages." - The Sunday Independent

"Eight Ball Boogie proves to be that rare commodity, a first novel that reads as if it were penned by a writer in mid-career ... (it) marks the arrival of a new master of suspense on the literary scene." - Hank Wagner, Mystery Scene

"The comedy keeps the story rolling along between the sudden eruptions of violence ... Burke's novel is not just a pulp revival, it's genuine neo-noir." - International Noir

Praise for Declan Burke:

"Imagine Donald Westlake and his alter ego Richard Stark moving to Ireland and collaborating on a screwball noir and you have some idea of Burke's accomplishment." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Declan Burke's THE BIG O is one of the sharpest, wittiest and most unusual Irish crime novels of recent years ... Among all of the recent crop of Irish crime novelists, it seems to me that Declan Burke is ideally poised to make the transition to a larger international stage." - John Connolly, author of THE UNQUIET

"Burke has married hard-boiled crime with noir sensibility and seasoned it with humour and crackling dialogue ... fans of comic noir will find plenty to enjoy here." - Booklist

"Carries on the tradition of Irish noir with its Elmore Leonard-like style ... the dialogue is as slick as an ice run, the plot is nicely intricate, and the character drawing is spot on ... a high-octane novel that fairly coruscates with tension." - The Irish Times

"Irish thrillers don't get much more hard-boiled than this gritty, violent and wildly hilarious kidnap caper." - Irish Independent

"A plot that takes off at a blistering pace and never lets up. The writing is a joy, so seamless you nearly miss the sheer artistry of the style and the terrific, wry humour." - Ken Bruen, author of AMERICAN SKIN

"With a deft touch, Burke pulls together a cross-genre plot that's part hard-boiled caper, part thriller, part classic noir, and flat out fun. From first page to last, THE BIG O grabs hold and won't let go." - Reed Farrel Coleman: Shamus, Barry, and Anthony Award-winning Author of THE JAMES DEANS

Genre: Mystery

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