Is this a book of Irish crime writing, or is it about Irish crime writing? It's both, plus memoir, interview, criticism, literary and film history, and a useful reading list, and that's just on my first dip into the book. Oh, and the collection does not confine itself to the 20th century, either. Early highlights:
- Ruth Dudley Edwards' evocation of Liam O'Flaherty. You'll want to read O'Flaherty if you haven't already.
- Declan Hughes on Irish identity and America's place in it.
- Alan Glynn on the Irish literary crime novel. (That's right, "literary crime novel." Glynn is the only person I know of who can use that phrase without making me wish I were somewhere else.) He'll make you want to read The Third Policeman, The Book of Evidence, and The Butcher Boy if you haven't already.
- Arlene Hunt on coming to terms with a violent world.
© Peter Rozovsky 2011