16 July 2009 0 Comments

Really, real fiction… and Welsh detectives

The new blog I’ve started with fellow crime writers Christopher G. Moore, Colin Cotterill and Barbara Nadel has a new post from me today. It’s about why I came to write so-called genre fiction. It starts like this: Writers have it all wrong. They think they need to learn about other writers. I studied English […]

14 July 2009 0 Comments

“What happened to the third little pig, Daddy?”: Bob Burke on pig detectives and his Writing Life

Anyone who’s perused the crime fiction section of their bookstore knows the joy of finding something original among the tired old shelves of loner detectives who play by their own rules on the mean streets of some dingy inner city. The clichés of the genre were uppermost in my mind when I chose to write […]

9 July 2009 0 Comments

Review: Crime fiction’s first PI Pig

The Third Pig Detective Agency by Bob Burkepublished by The Friday Project isbn 1906321752 Seeing his brothers’ houses blown down by the Big Bad Wolf (“I’ll huff and I’ll puff…”) taught Harry Pigg to build his own house out of bricks, thus avoiding the grisly fate of the first and second pigs. The nursery rhyme […]