5 January 2015

Author profile: Bob Burke

Bob Burke's first novel The Third Pig Detective Agency (2009) kicked off the series of Harry Pigg private eye novels.

It has been described as "the most whimsical hardboiled detective novel ever written", "nursery rhyme noir" and "a wonderful pastiche of noir-ish detective stories like The Maltese Falcon". The book's design includes coffee stains on some pages and a vintage looking cover.

Harry is one of a kind. "Columbo, Kojak, Miss Marple, Sam Spade and Sherlock Holmes were all great detectives but Harry has something that none of them can boast – trotters, a curly tail and a snout for trouble."

In February 20145 an imprint of HarperCollins UK, The Friday Project, published an omnibus edition of the three Herry Pig novels, The Third Pig Detective Agency: The Complete Casebook.

Burke is originally from Ennis, County Clare, and lives "in a small village with no pub just outside Limerick, with his wife and three sons". He has spent over twenty years working with computers.

Official author website: Diary of a Nothingist

The author on Twitter: @harrypigg