“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Freelance Book Editor

Struggling to finish the first draft of your novel? Not sure why all the elements of your story aren’t combining as well as they should? Anxious that your finished novel is as polished as it can be before you send it out to agents and editors eagerly anticipating your game-changing debut?

The good news, such as it is, is that everyone struggles with their first draft, and no one ever believes their book is as polished as they want it to be.

I’m here to help. From the overall structure of your novel to line-edits focusing on the nitty-gritty of grammar and punctuation, from storytelling to voice and character development, I will help you to put it right.

Author and Editor:

I am the author of six novels, three of which were shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards. In 2011, ABSOLUTE ZERO COOL won the Goldsboro ‘Last Laugh’ Award for comedy crime fiction.

With John Connolly, I am the co-editor of BOOKS TO DIE FOR (2012), a collection of essays on the greatest crime and mystery novels written by the greatest living crime and mystery authors. The book won the non-fiction crime Anthony, Macavity and Agatha awards in 2013.

In 2011, I edited DOWN THESE GREEN STREETS, a collection of essays, memoir and short stories written by Irish crime writers about the current wave of Irish crime writing.

I am the editor of TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS (2016), a collection of new short fiction from Ireland’s leading crime writers.

My short stories and critical essays have appeared in the collections SHADOWING THE DETECTIVES (2010), UNCAGE ME (2009), THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST BRITISH MYSTERIES (2011), THE QUIET QUARTER: TEN YEARS OF GREAT IRISH WRITING (2009), SILVER THREADS OF HOPE (2012) and NEW PLANET CABARET (2013), among others.

Additional Information:

I currently review fiction and non-fiction for the Irish Times, the Irish Examiner, and RTE’s Arena programme. I regularly host crime-writing courses and tutorials at the Irish Writers Centre. In the past I have worked as a proofreader for the legal publisher Thomson Round Hall.


If you require the services of a freelance book editor who is patient and understanding, insightful and meticulous, please feel free to drop me a line at dbrodb[at]gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.