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Sligo author Declan Burke launches new novel The Lammisters at No Alibis on Saturday November 23

Sligo author and journalist Declan Burke

BELFAST'S No Alibis Press will be launching their latest publication with a special author event on Saturday.

The Lammisters by Declan Burke is a sharp-witted comedy set in 1920s Hollywood which follows Irish bootlegger Rusty McGrew as he's forced to flee from the LA Police Department.

Joining McGrew on the lam are the glamourous Vanessa Hopgood, her beau 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.

Declan Burke will be reading from the new novel during this free event at No Alibis on Botanic Avenue (reserve tickets via Noalibispress.com/events) from 4pm. Sligo author Burke has previously written six novels, three of which were shortlisted in the crime fiction section of the Irish Book Awards, with Absolute Zero Cool (2011) winning the Goldsboro Award for comic crime fiction in 2012.

Burke has also edited or co-edited three titles, two of which were collections of essays, the third being a collection of Irish crime fiction short stories. As a journalist and critic, he covers books and film for a variety of media outlets including the Irish Times, RTE and the Irish Examiner.

:: The Lammisters will be published by No Alibis Press on December 1.

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