Absolute Zero Cool

Absolute Zero Cool

3.56 (184 ratings by Goodreads)
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Description

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 Adrift in the half-life limbo of an unpublished novel, hospital porter Billy needs to up the stakes.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."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
  • Dublin, Ireland, Ireland
  • English
  • New
  • 1907593314
  • 9781907593314
  • 553,212

Review quote

"Metafiction? Post Modern noir? These and other labels will be applied to Burke's newest; and might be apt, but none is sufficient. . . . Lovers of literary fiction will find much to savor." -- Booklist "Booklist"
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About Declan Burke

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. Declan has published several novels including Absolute Zero Cool which was shortlisted in the crime fiction section for the Irish Book Awards 2011, and received the Goldsboro/Crimefest 'Last Laugh' Award for Best Humorous Crime Novel in 2012. He is the editor of Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century (2011), and the co-editor, with John Connolly, of Books to Die For (2012). Declan lives in Wicklow with his wife and daughter, where he is not allowed to own a cat, or be owned by one.
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Rating details

184 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
5 27% (49)
4 33% (60)
3 19% (35)
2 14% (25)
1 8% (15)
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