Sunday, September 21, 2008

Stew or smorgasbord?

Thanks to Declan Burke of the ever-entertaining Crime Always Pays blog for a namecheck during his week as guest poster on The Rap Sheet.  Declan is asking whether there really is such a beast as 'Irish crime fiction', concluding that, given the richness and diversity of the material on offer, there probably isn't.  Thankfully, he's not going to let that stop him writing about it. 

I'm sure Declan's right.  It seems to me, as an outsider, that Irish crime fiction is in an incredibly strong state at the moment, but that it's characterised by its extraordinary diversity rather than by any easily-identifiable common tone or voice.  Declan cites numerous examples in his posting, as he does every day on his excellent blog - if you want to begin exploring what's out there, you couldn't find a better guide.

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