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Belmullet, County Mayo, Ireland
About Me:
Irish author based in Paris, France.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Philip Kerr, the Berlin Trilogy
Peter Robinson,
Val McDermid
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The Wire

John J. Gaynard's Blog


"Booze, brawls, sex and schizophrenia—such is the artist’s life in Paris, according to this raucous satire.When Patsy Burke, a world-famous Irish sculptor living in France, wakes up in his hotel with his body torn and bloody and no recollection of how it got that way, he’s not particularly surprised. A raging alcoholic given to beating up pimps in Paris dives, he’s used to blackouts and drunk tanks. Unfortunately, his latest bender has left a dead man in its wake, and Patsy’s attempt to…


Posted on November 15, 2011 at 7:42am

The good guys in my novels are what I would have liked to have been...

Based on what I just read in Sunday's New York Times Book Review about recent Dickens' biographies, I am thinking about the incredible amount of truth contained in Dickens' unveiling of himself to Dostoyevsky when they met :

“He told me,” Dostoyevsky recalled in a letter written years later, “that all the good, simple people in his novels . . . are what he wanted to have been, and his villains were what he was (or rather,…


Posted on November 8, 2011 at 1:28am

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At 1:45am on August 16, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Hi John,


I'm the European editor for Noir Nation, and I would love to get some more stories from France for Issue 2  (Issue 1 will be available Sept 1, 2011).  there will also be a French and a Spanish version of Noir Nation.  Looking for short stories and graphic stories (comics).  Maybe you have some, and could also help spread the word?  We start reading for issue 2 on Oct 1.


Thank you,

At 5:02am on October 20, 2010, Kate the Book Buff said…
Welcome! I just wanted to introduce myself, and my blog, The Book Buff: Book Reviews for Regular People. Check it out at

It can be a bit overwhelming around here at first, so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

-Kate the Book Buff

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