In 2006 at the Guardian, he named a top ten list of literary murderers, including:
Francie Brady, The Butcher Boy, Patrick McCabeRead about another entry on the list.
Francie Brady is one of the true Emerald germs of Ireland. Discovered at the book's opening hiding under a bush on account of "what he done on Mrs Nugent." Neglected, humiliated and abused, Francie slips further and further from sanity until he becomes the "pig boy" others fear, and the nemesis of Mrs Nugent, who embodies everything Francie despises.
The Butcher Boy is on Declan Burke's 2008 top ten list of Irish crime fiction and Edward Hogan's top ten list of stories set outside the city.