'Slaughter's Hound has everything you want from noir . . . but what makes it special is the writing: taut, honed and vivid . . . a sheer pleasure'
“I glanced up but he’d already jumped, a dark blur plummeting, wings folded against the drag like some starving hawk out of the noon sun, some angel betrayed. He punched through the cab’s roof so hard he sent metal shearing into the petrol tank. All it took was one spark. Boom . . .”
Harry Rigby is right there, an eye-witness when Finn Hamilton walks out into the big nothing nine stories up, but no one wants to believe Finn is just the latest statistic in Ireland’s silent epidemic. Not Finn’s mother, Saoirse Hamilton, whose property empire is crumbling around her; and not Finn’s pregnant fiancé, Maria, or his sister Grainne; and especially not Detective Tohill, the cop who believes Rigby is a stone-cold killer, a slaughter’s hound with a taste for blood . . .
Welcome to Harry Rigby’s Sligo, where death comes dropping slow. Studded with shards of black humour and mordant wit, Slaughter’s Hound is a gripping noir from one of the most innovative voices in Irish crime fiction.
Declan Burke is one of Ireland’s leading crime fiction authors. He reviews regularly for a variety of national newspapers and magazines, and hosts the website Crime Always Pays. His novels include Eightball Boogie (2003), The Big O (2007), Absolute Zero Cool (2011) and Slaughter’s Hound (2012).
Absolute Zero Cool was shortlisted in the crime fiction section for the Irish Book Awards, and received the Goldsboro/Crimefest ‘Last Laugh’ Award for Best Humorous Crime Novel. Declan is the editor of Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century (2011). He lives in Wicklow with his wife and daughter, where he is not allowed to own a cat, or be owned by one.