I read this Irish Times article a few days ago about how Irish writers are not setting their books in…Ireland. Odd. I’m a big fan of the Irish setting. Books set in or around the Troubles is even better (Adrian McKinty). I mean, any book that is set in Dublin or Galway, I automatically buy it. It saddens me to discover that *some* Irish writers don’t care to set their books in Ireland. John Connolly is quoted as saying:
“As a young writer,” Connolly wrote in his essay contribution to 2011’s Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century, “I could think of few subjects with which I wanted to engage less than the nature of Irishness, or the Irish situation . . . Had I set my first novel, Every Dead Thing (1999), in Dublin, it would have become, by default, an Irish novel, not a crime novel.
And what is wrong with that? Apparently everything:
This is my last guest post highlighting “underrated or unappreciated writers” and one of Darlynne’s favorite mystery writers is Irish writer, John Brady. Only five of his books are digitized as I write this and no, the first book isn’t one of them but there seems to be plenty of used paper copies. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to Darlynne, Trisha and Sarah for providing guest posts on the mystery writers they enjoy reading and thank all you for reading as well. Her guest post starts after the break Continue reading
As all Three Regular Readers will be aware, DOWN THESE GREEN STREETS is a collection of essays, interviews and short stories by Irish crime authors addressing the phenomenon that is the quality and quantity of Irish crime writing that has emerged in the past decade or so.
I like the cover. The book isn’t due out in the US it says until July 28th and the authors contributing include two of my favorite writers: Ken Bruen and Tana French. Plus a host of other writers I’d like to read. I want to read this! In digital format would have been nice but seeing that format is off the table now, I might just break down and order the paper. More details at Crime Always Pays. Update: ebook will be available in the near future according to Declan Burke via Twitter. I’ve put it on my wishlist until that day arrives.