Angels In The Moonlight takes place in 1999 and gives us a fair bit of Bunny’s backstory, as well as introducing us to a group of maverick nuns who feature strongly the later books, including The Quiet Man, where Bunny manages to get himself locked up in the slammer stateside.
Both books are fantastically funny and fast-paced.
Angels in the Moonlight in particular manages to smoothly blend absurdist humour, social realism and fast-moving crime thriller action. Its gripping, hilarious and touching, too. In The Quiet Man, Bunny & The Sisters – not a ’70s Hanna-Barbera cartoon- are back, and are just as good company as ever. Both novels are a joy. Fantastic stuff!
And so it came to pass … I’ve pretty much given up proper blogging: reviews, interviews, etc. Mainly because I find it quite hard work, and I’m more than somewhat idle. I recently started a Substack site, mainly to repost flash fiction, but I lost interest soon enough.
So, I thought I’d try to post a monthly round-up of some of the entertainments I’ve enjoyed of late. No reviews or star ratings or any of that. There will be some things I’ve overlooked, of course, and I’ll try to catch up with them at a later date. Time is a concept created by the bourgeoise to oppress the proletariat, after all.
Anyway, here are a few of my favourite things Octoberwise, click on the links if you fancy!
Ex-police detective Bunny McGarry is missing and his friend – would-be private detective Paul Mulchrone – sets off to track him down. Meanwhile, a terrorist group appears to be killing Dublin’s fat cat property developers. These and other story strands are soon entagled in Caimh McDonnell’s The Day That Never Comes – the second part of his four part ‘Dublin Trilogy.’ And like McDonnell’s debut novel – A Man With One Of Those Faces – it is a cracking blend of quick humour and fast-paced crime thriller. The Day That Never Comes is choc-full of great characters and sharp satire, and is marvelous fun.
From my decidedly faulty memory, I’ve picked 5 crime fiction books, films and TV shows that I enjoyed in 2017. There were others, of course, and plenty of pleasures outside the genre too – The Love Witch, Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, and Damnation, for example.
Rob Pierce is surely the noir Raymond Carver. In this brutal and brilliant short story collection you’ll find a veritable cornucopia of tightly written and gritty tales of people living on the razor’s edge of life.
James Newman’s latest spin on the private eye novel is a potent piece of futuristic noir. Fun City Punch is winding and twisting tale that vividly blends Beat poetry and pulp prose to create something quite special.
Kolakowski follows up his cracking debut short story collection with a full-on slice of hard-boiled pulp fiction. Blackly comic, violent and jam-packed with richly drawn characters, A Brutal Bunch Of Heartbroken Saps is a hell of a read.