Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Currently reading: ABSOLUTE ZERO COOL

Just popped into work (I'm not officially back until Thursday) and discovered a couple of books had been delivered in my festive season absence, including ABSOLUTE ZERO COOL by Declan Burke, which I'd ordered from Book Depository since it wasn't readily available here downunder. I really enjoy Burke's crime fiction-focused blog, and have been meaning to read some of his own crime fiction tales for a while now.

Here's a blurb for ABSOLUTE ZERO COOL:

Absolute Zero Cool is a post-modern take on the crime thriller genre. Adrift in the half-life limbo of an unpublished novel, hospital porter Billy needs to up the stakes. Euthanasia simply isn’t shocking anymore; would blowing up his hospital be enough to see Billy published, or be damned?

What follows is a gripping tale that subverts the crime genre’s grand tradition of liberal sadism, a novel that both excites and disturbs in equal measure. Absolute Zero Cool is not only an example of Irish crime writing at its best; it is an innovative, self-reflexive piece that turns every convention of crime fiction on its head.

Declan Burke’s latest book is an imaginative story that explores the human mind’s ability to both create and destroy, with equally devastating effects.

I'm looking forward to the read.

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