Thursday, September 13, 2007

Irish crime fiction in an unexpected place

Think Irish in the Americas, and you'll likely think Boston, New York or Mexico City. (Yep, Paco Ignacio Taibo's one-eyed private investigator, Hector Belascoaran Shayne, is half-Irish.)

But Houston? That bustling Texas metropolis has an Irish radio show and a Web site whose congeries of blogs and links includes these reviews of Irish crime fiction. It's nice to think that Ken Bruen, Eoin Colfer, Declan Burke, Declan Hughes, Gene Kerrigan, "Benjamin Black" and the rest might have one more city to add to their itineraries should they visit the U.S.

© Peter Rozovsky 2007

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