Alex Barclay

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Alex Barclay

Current favourite book I’m listening to Deepak Chopra’s Synchrodestiny: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence to Create Miracles. It’s about s(...)

Scene of the crime. Photograph: iStock

A familiar stereotype about crime novels is that they rely on a conservative sense of closure that restores order to the narrative but distorts images(...)

A puppet of Vinny Byrne, one of Michael Collins’s hitmen,  in a new animated film. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

At 14, Vincent “Vinny” Byrne was one of the youngest rebels during Easter Week, 1916. The teenager found himself in Jacob’s Biscuit Factory during t(...)

Clockwise from top left, Alex Barclay, Marty Whelan, Louise Phillips and Kevin Barry

  Alex Barclay My livingroom bookshelves are my favourite part of the house. They arrived as big, filthy, spider-covered pieces of oak(...)

Refreshingly unconventional: Belinda Bauer. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

The 13th novel in the Charlie Parker series, John Connolly’s A Song of Shadows (Hodder & Stoughton, €22.50) opens in the remote Maine coastal town(...)

Killing Ways is Alex Barclay’s fifth crime novel about bipolar FBI agent Ren Bryce. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

“I’m the bomb and I’m ‘bout to blow up.” That one line - from Pigeon John’s song, The Bomb - established the idea for my new novel Killing Ways. I (...)