Absolute Zero Cool shortlised for Best Humorous Crime Novel!

It is my pleasure to announce that Declan Burke's Absolute Zero Cool has been shortlisted for Best Humorous Crime Novel in the CrimeFest’s Goldsboro Last Laugh Award! Hip hip hooray!

The Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel first published in 2011. The £500 prize is sponsored by Goldsboro Books, the book collector's bookseller. The winner also receives a commemorative award courtesy of Bristol Blue Glass. Absolute Zero Cool is nominated alongside seven other crime novels, including Chris Ewan, Doug Johnstone and Elmore Leonard. 

This is not the first award shortlist to feature the name Declan Burke as last year Absolute Zero Cool was nominated for the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award at the Irish Book Awards 2011. 

This original, inventive and laugh-out-loud novel has garnered praise from far and near and we are delighted that it has been further celebrated with this recent shortlist.

Congratulations, Declan. Proud as punch for you.

(Just some of the) Praise for Absolute Zero Cool:

'We’re into a self-conscious world of meta-fiction, somewhere between Muriel Sparks’ THE COMFORTERS, Bret Easton Ellis’ LUNAR PARK, and Flann O’Brien ... It’s a measure of Burke’s achievement in this funny and clever book that he can stand comparison to these three … the book is witty, philosophical and a page-turning crime thriller.' The Dubliner

'A new Irish absurd, the Blazing Saddles of crime fiction … The illogicality that surrounds us, the double speak and unthink, is very much the secret subject of this book … It’s a novel that is mentally stimulating, entertaining, fun, provocative, original and ambitious.' Arena, RTÉ Radio 1
'An ambitious, satisfying black comedy … subverting genres within the very loose framework of a crime thriller. So dark is the novel-within-a-novel premise that it makes Fight Club look like a Marx Brothers knockabout comedy.' Evening Herald
'What is most refreshing … is its ambition. It is rare that a so-called genre book attempts to wrest free of its constraints and do something entirely different. ABSOLUTE ZERO COOL is a genre-buster. Clever, funny, challenging, surreal, unexpected and entirely original.' Irish Independent

'Thus begins a fascinating hybrid of MISERY, AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS, THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN, and who knows what else … ABSOLUTE ZERO COOL isn’t quite like anything else you’ve read, in any genre. It’s clever, intimate, passionate, and funny: altogether a wonderful achievement.' The Irish Times

'Declan Burke’s ABSOLUTE ZERO COOL is a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a cigarette paper … [a] sublimely crazy book.' Stuart Neville

'Burke sprinkles his way-outside-the-box noir with quotes from Beckett, Bukowski, and other literary names as he explores the nature of writing and the descent of personal darkness. Those looking for a highly intellectual version of Stephen King’s THE DARK HALF will be most satisfied.' Publishers Weekly

Bye for now, 

Alice