Friday 19 August 2011

Writers' Writers (a short report)

Adrian McKinty and Declan Burke made for an awesome double act at last night's No Alibis event. Both writers opted not to read from the books they were there to launch (McKinty's Falling Glass and Burke's Absolute Zero Cool). Instead they entertained the audience with a frank and oft times scathing dialogue about the state of the modern publishing model. A lot of what was said I wouldn't dare write about here for fear that I might be sued for libel. What I can tell you is that it was a fascinating insight into the minds of a pair of excellent writers who are masters of their trade.

Incidentally, Stuart Neville, David Park and Andrew Pepper were among the crowd. I wish I had the presence of mind to snap a few pics but I haven't been at the top of my game this week. I'm sure they'll pop up on the No Alibis website and/or Facebook page at some point. I'll post a link when they do.

If you didn't get to the event you should make it up to yourself by buying Falling Glass and Absolute Zero Cool as soon as humanly possible. Both books are a master class in crime fiction that doesn't conform to the old and tired model.


seana graham said...

Next to funny, scathing is what those two do best. I was just having a talk with a friend and customer about how risk averse big publishing is today.

Luckily for all of us, they still aren't the only fish in the sea.

I've read Falling Glass and I'm in the middle of Absolute Zero Cool, and I will second your recommendations.

Arlene said...

Sounds like it was an excellent night.

Declan Burke said...

T'was great to see you, squire, and a handsome night all round it was too. Much obliged for the good word.

Cheers, Dec