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 Adrift in the half-life limbo of an unpublished novel, hospital porter Billy needs to up the stakes.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.
Declan gives an overview of the book:
I was born in Sligo, Ireland, in 1969. I am the author of THE BIG O (2007) and EIGHTBALL BOOGIE (2003). For the last year I have hosted a blog dedicated to Irish crime fiction at Crime Always Pays. I now live in Wicklow with my wife and our baby girl. THE BIG O will be...