eclan Burke's forthcoming novel Slaughter's Hound
is full of characters named Finn
and Saoirse, and invocations of Queen Maeve
, and a short prefatory note hints at wolf hounds' rich role in Irish mythology.
One need not recognize the allusions to enjoy and appreciate the dark, serious, and occasionally funny story (and I may well have missed more of them than I caught), but it doesn't hurt, either.
While waiting for Burke's book, why not dip into Mike Stone and Gerard Brennan's Requiems for the Departed,
a collection of short stories by seventeen contemporary Irish crime writers based on Irish myth?
***That's Ireland. What myths from other cultures have contemporary crime writers used? The Oedipus story? Cain and Abel? Which could they use? What ancient myths and tales would make good crime stories?
© Peter Rozovsky 2012
Labels: Declan Burke, Gerard Brennan, Ireland, Mike Stone, mythology, Requiems for the Departed