The Lammisters by Declan Burke
'The Lammisters opens a wormhole to a world I never want to leave ... Hilarious, atmospheric and super smart.' (Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl)
‘Declan Burke is one funny bastard. With The Lammisters, he has presented us not alone with a book full of bootleggers, starlets, pirates, movie moguls and knaves in a Damon Runyon/Blackadder mash-up, but he also conducts a forensic analysis on the anatomy of a story, showing a healthy and justified contempt for scribblers. Ultimately, an enjoyable jape from first to last.’ (Liz Nugent, Unravelling Oliver, Lying in Wait, Skin Deep)
'Never mind arguments about crime fiction and genre. Declan Burke is his own genre. The Lammisters dazzles, beguiles and transcends. Virtuoso from start to finish.' (Eoin McNamee, The Vogue)
Hollywood, 1923. Having ascended into the pantheon of America’s Most Wanted by dispatching his mortal foes to the holding pens where Cecil B. DeMille keeps his expendable extras, Irish bootlegger Rusty McGrew goes on the lam with the shimmering goddess Vanessa Hopgood, her enraptured swain Sir Archibald l’Estrange-B’stard, and Edward ‘Bugs’ Dooley, the hapless motion picture playwright who has stepped through the looking-glass into his very own Jazz Age adaptation of The Pilgrim’s Progress.
Delighting in rapid-fire dialogue, subversive genre-bending and metafictional digressions, The Lammisters is a comic novel that will likely be declared a wholly original comedy classic by anyone who has yet to read Flann O’Brien, Jane Austen, PG Wodehouse or Laurence Sterne.