Absolute Proof by Peter James

Paperback – 25 Jul 2019

Book blurb

Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever.

‘I’d just like to assure you I’m not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I know this is going to sound strange, but I’ve recently been given absolute proof of God’s existence – and I’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously.’

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences?

This question and its answer lie at the heart of Absolute Proof, an international thriller from bestselling author Peter James.

The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence . . .

My thoughts

This is a stand-alone book from the author of the DI Grace Series. It opens with several seemingly unrelated sketches before the main body of the book begins.

Ross, the main protagonist, receives a call from Dr Harry Cook which sets him on a search to find the Absolute Proof. A search that will be fraught with danger nevertheless he is determined to find out what it’s all about. Of course, if it were true and he broke the story it would be a major scoop. It could be his big break, the once in a lifetime story that would be the making of him.

What could it be? What would make the whole world believe in the existence of God?

However, Ross soon comes to realise that not everyone is happy about it. For some the consequences might be disastrous. So there are several interested parties who want to find out what Dr Cook knows, what Ross knows and want to obtain the Absolute Proof.

This is a fascinating story and one I mainly enjoyed. It is a tense, well written thriller that picks up pace as it moves along. It asks questions and supplies some interesting responses from various characters.

There are quite a number of characters in the story most of whom are not very likeable. I did like Ross although he’s no saint! Of course, you are questioning their motives – are they what they seem? Do they really mean what they say?

I wondered about the ending but this thought provoking book could not really finish in any other way than to leave the reader to their own thoughts.

I think this book will get some wildly differing thoughts from readers but it is incredibly well researched and, obviously, a work very close to the authors heart. It’s a good story and one many will, as I did, enjoy.

With thanks to Macmillan via NetGalley for an eARC of Absolute Proof by Peter James. All thoughts are my own, I have not received any payment for the review of this book.

#20BooksofSummer

This is one of my #20BooksofSummer reads.

Information

Publisher: Macmillan

Paperback: 25 July 2019

ISBN 9781447240952

704 pages

Buy: AmazonSmileUK Publisher Links

Author

Peter James Author – photograph by JAMES CLARKE (permission via Peter James website)

Peter James is a UK No. 1 bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels, and the creator of the much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. With a total of 14 Sunday Times No. 1s under his belt, he has achieved global book sales of over 20 million copies to date, and has been translated into 37 languages.

Synonymous with plot-twisting page-turners, Peter has garnered an army of loyal fans throughout his storytelling career – which also included stints writing for TV and producing films. He has won over 40 awards for his work, including the WHSmith Best Crime Author of All Time Award, Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger and a BAFTA nomination for The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons for which he was an Executive Producer. Many of Peter’s novels have been adapted for film, TV and stage.

Like to know more? Peter James Website @peterjamesuk

Books

For further information on all of Peter James books visit Website: all books

Lisa Cutts: The East Rise Series

Book blurbs

Mercy Killings

The death of a local sex offender places the police officers at East Rise incident room under immense pressure – they must treat this case like any other murder, but they know what Albie Woodville did and can feel little sympathy. Except, as the investigation progresses, it becomes clear this isn’t just a one-off killing – someone is out for revenge …

Buried Secrets

To most people, Detective Inspector Milton Bowman appears to have an ideal life. But some secrets aren’t buried deep enough.

After a tragic car accident, and a shocking murder, DI Milton’s colleagues have to start digging into every aspect of his life. 

Suspicion and disbelief creep into their lives as a web of deceit unfolds – the Bowman family, friends and even colleagues come under suspicion. No one is to be trusted.

Nothing is as it appears.

Lost Lives

SHE TRUSTED THEM WITH HER LIFE

When Anna arrives in the UK, she believes it’s the start of a better life for her and her daughter. But what awaits her is more shocking than anything she could have ever imagined . . .

SHE TRUSTED THEM WITH HER DAUGHTER

DI Harry Powell is investigating a shooting, but the victim has been scared into silence. As Harry struggles to piece together what little information he has, he stumbles upon an operation that may put countless lives across the country at risk.

SHE WAS WRONG

As Anna’s situation grows more dangerous by the day, Harry is forced to push his overstretched team to the limits to find answers. But for one of them, will it already be too late?

My thoughts

The East Rise Series is a very good Police procedural which addresses the darker elements of life and Police work – murder, paedophilia, Police corruption, trafficking – written by a currently serving Police Officer.

Along with the plot in each book is the growing development of the two main characters Detective Inspector (DI) Harry Powell and Hazel – ‘Haze’. Their developing relationship adds another layer to the stories. It is not just Harry and Hazel there’s a team from DCI Barbara Venice to Tom, Sophie Pierre and, latterly, DC Gabriel Royston. As you read the books there is more to find out about each of them. Still Lisa Cutts pulls no punches on what happens to her characters to ensure authentic, captivating and believable storylines. As with all Series each book brings more to the characters giving greater clarity, understanding and interest. Each book can, as you would expect, be read as a stand-alone but then you would miss out on all the development and investigations of this family of police officers.

With Mercy Killings we are most certainly being introduced to the characters and there are quite a few so you may want to concentrate more on the storyline which is gritty and gives a fair bit of insight into how the police work and interact with each other, the crime scene, the witnesses, the main investigation and other elements of what is happening alongside it.

Buried Secrets brings Harry and the team back with an investigation into two deaths – close to home – and has a hard look at whether one of their own is corrupt or, perhaps, even a murderer. It shows how an investigation can affect those involved – the families, the suspects and the police who are investigating the crimes and those supporting the family. With this book Lisa Cutts is bringing to the reader a really good story and terrific characters.

With the latest in the series Lost Lives – and the best, so far – we are brought a dark, heart wrenching story of human trafficking. Bringing to life what happens to those people who are seeking a new and better life by buying passage to the UK and how they are caught up in such appalling and abhorrent situations. Will Harry and the team be able to unravel what is happening? Will they keep John safe? Will they find Anna? Will it be too late? Will there be devastating consequences for Harry and the team?

Each book brings a new investigation, a new plot and greater insight into Harry and the team. Each is quite gritty, hard hitting and well written. These are books which have grown into a tremendous series and is well worth reading.

Thanks

Whilst I purchased the first two books I was delighted to receive the third from Simon and Schuster via NetGalley. Many thanks for an eCopy of Lost Lives by Lisa Cutts.

Update

In one fell swoop I have read three more in the #20BooksofSummer challenge!

Information

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Buy: East RiseAmazonSmileUK

Author

Lisa Cutts is a full-time detective constable investigating murders for a living. When she finds the time, she writes crime fiction.

She is the author of the DC Nina Foster series, ‘Never Forget’ and ‘Remember, Remember.’

‘Mercy Killing’ was published on 20th October 2016 by Simon and Schuster. It is the first in a new series of East Rise Incident Room crime novels and features some new characters together with a few more familiar ones. The second in the series, ‘Buried Secrets’ was released on 2nd of November 2017, with ‘Lost Lives’ due for release on 15th November 2018.

Lisa works in Kent and also lives there with her husband and scatty Labrador.

She writes a monthly column for Writing Magazine answering police procedural questions from other writers.

In early 2016, she was honoured to become the Patron of Rochester Literature Festival which takes place each October throughout her home County.

Check out Lisa’s Website Follow Lisa on Twitter

Books

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

VICTIM.
SURVIVOR.
ABDUCTOR.
CRIMINAL.
YOU WILL BECOME EACH ONE.

YOUR PHONE RINGS.

A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.

TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD.

YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM’S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.

IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN:
YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.

YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN 

My thoughts

What kind of person kidnaps a child?

Kylie sits at a bus stop on Plum Island it’s just a normal school day, until it isn’t.

Rachel gets a phone call and the world she was beginning to put back together shatters instantly.

Marty, Rachel’s ex – he’s not going to be helpful, anyway he’s away working his new partner, Tammy, says. He’d go to the police and then, well there’d be repercussions and that would be bad.

Pete, Marty’s brother, he’s an ex Marine – he’s seen stuff, he knows stuff and he cares for Kylie but he’s got a problem and that might ruin everything.

What kind of person wouldn’t kidnap a child?

She’s gone and Rachel has to stay strong. Has to do what she is told. Has to get Kylie back. Has to do as she’s told. She has to do something that makes her as bad as the others. She has to do something any mother would do under the circumstances, something no mother would ever dream of having to do, would ever think they could do – doesn’t she?

The Chain

What is this thing that makes you do such heinous things? Who is behind this abhorrent thing that is The Chain?

Operating by fear and anonymity The Chain appears to be the perfect kidnapping business model. The kidnappers are the victims of a previous kidnapping and the ransom is paid by bitcoins. No one knows who The Chain is only that they have become a part of it – another link in The Chain – victim and perpetrator in fear for their children’s lives, their families lives, their own lives.

We follow Rachel and she is a feisty character, determined, smart and likeable. Will she get Kylie back? Will she do as she is told? Does she want to live the rest of her life wondering if The Chain might call upon her again, put her and her family at risk again? What about all the other victims – past, present and future? What can she do? What will she do?

You may not agree with everything Rachel does, you may think you could never do any of this but you cannot, surely, do anything but admire Rachel’s grit and determination. Her plan maybe dangerous, difficult and even downright crazy but along with the ever loyal Pete she knows she has to carry it out.

The Chain knows everything doesn’t it? The Chain manipulates people and situations to it’s own end. What is The Chain doing? Does it know what Rachel is up to?

What happens throughout this book will mess with your head, mess with who and what you thought you were and then have you hoping that you could be as strong, as brave as Rachel but really happy, grateful and relieved that this is not happening to you.

Adrian McKinty has written a hard hitting story that some may find difficult to read but those who do read it will be gripped by this unique thriller.

Thanks

My thanks to Orion for the invite to read an eARC of The Chain by Adrian McKinty via NetGalley

Information

Publisher: Orion (9 July 2019)

Buy: AmazonSmileUK Waterstones

Author:

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the Troubles of the 1970s and 1980s. His father was a boilermaker and ship’s engineer and his mother a secretary. Adrian went to Oxford University on a full scholarship to study philosophy before emigrating to the United States to become a high school English teacher. His books have won the Edgar Award, the Ned Kelly Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award and have been translated into over 20 languages. Adrian is a reviewer and critic for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Irish Times and The Guardian. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

@adrianmckinty

Adrian McKinty Website

Books

Sean Duffy Series

The Cold, Cold Ground; I Hear the Sirens in the Street; In The Morning I’ll be Gone; Gun Street Girl; Rain Dogs

Michael Forsythe Series

Dead I Well May Be; The Dead Yard; The Bloomsday Dead

Lighthouse Trilogy

The Lighthouse Land; The Lighthouse War; The Lighthouse Keepers

Stand-alone

Orange Rhymes with Everything; Hidden River; Fifty Grand; Falling Glass; Deviant; The Sun is God; The Chain

Murder Unearthed by Anita Waller

Out Now

Murder Unearthed blurb

When DI Tessa Marsden is called to a road traffic accident, she is disturbed by the crime scene she must investigate. She now has a double murder to contend with; two dead girls from the same village.

Realising the murders aren’t linked, Marsden summons the help of the Connection Investigation Agency, run by Kat (a church Deacon), Beth (known as Mouse) who is a computer expert and Doris (Beth’s feisty grandmother).

When it is discovered that one of the murdered girls is pregnant the case takes an unexpected turn.

Can DI Marsden, with the input of Kat and Mouse, solve the case before another before another body appears?

Meanwhile, the agency has been asked to track down the long lost sone of Ewan Barker. Will Kat, Mouse and Doris find him and reunite him with his father?

This might just be their toughest investigation yet…

My thoughts

This is the third book in the series which has at its heart a friendship between Kat, Beth (aka mouse) and Doris. They are not only friends but also have a PI agency.

D I Tessa Marsden has become another strong character in the books and someone who the friends have come to respect, support and enjoy the company of and this works both ways.

There are two investigations – the two murders under investigation by D I Marsden and that of a man, Ewan Barker, who asks the Agency to find his long lost son.

It is interesting to compare the two types of investigation – that of the police procedural versus that of a private investigator – how each can work in their own realms and can also be of help to each other without the competitive atmosphere often found in crime fiction.

The main characters are charming, believable and well written by Anita Waller. The plotting is easy to read with plenty to keep the reader guessing in both threads. Whilst I see why this may be considered a ‘cosy’ mystery there is an edge to the plot lines which gives it a bit of a gritty feel at times.

Anita Waller handles some quite dark scenarios with a lightness of touch, a little humour, strong female characters and empathy. The plotting is well done. It will be a shame if this really is the last in the series of Kat and Mouse books as there seems to be still more that the books could bring to the reader both with the characters and new storylines.

I can certainly recommend Murder Unearthed indeed all of the Kat and Mouse Series (so far!).

Thanks

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an eCopy of Murder Unearthed and to Heather at Bloodhound for the invite to this delightful Blog Blitz. Like to read more? Here’s the full tour….

Blog Blitz

Information

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Murder Unearthed is available in paperback and as an eBook

Buy: AmazonSmileUK

Author

Anita was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and has lived all her life there. She has three adult children and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 9 months to 21 years. Anita and Dave have been married almost 49 years!

She wrote Beautiful in 1985 and had it accepted for publication. They were the contract stage when the publishing house went into liquidation.

Like many another book it ended up in the loft until two years ago when she resurrected it, retyped all 100,000 words (it was orginally written on an Amstrad 8256 and all she had was a hard copy!) and sent it off to Bloodhound Books.

She is now retired from my life of being a Patchwork Tutor and HGV driver’s wife and concentrates on patchwork for the pleasure of it and writing. She started writing at around the age of 8 – she clearly remembers writing ‘novels’ at that age which were actually short stories split into chapters!

Anita’s genre is murder – but murder with a good reason behind it!

Anita Waller can be followed on Facebook, her website, Twitter

Books

Beautiful (2015). Angel (2016). 34 Days (2016). Winterscroft (2017).

Strategy (2017). Captor (2018). Game Players (2018). Malignant (2018)

Kat and Mouse Series

 

Ice Cold Heart – Twin Cities Thriller #10 by P J Tracy

Available September 10 (US); August 23 (UK)

Book blurb

On a bitterly cold winter night, Kelly Ramage leaves her suburban home, telling her husband she’s going to meet a friend.

She never comes back.

When her body is discovered, murdered in what seems to be a sex game gone horribly wrong, Detectives Gino and Magozzi take the case, expecting to find a flirtatious trail leading straight to the killer.

However, Kelly’s sinister lover has done a disturbingly good job of hiding his identity. This isn’t his first victim – and that she won’t be the last…

My thoughts

Here we have Gino Rolseth and Leo Magozzi investigating the murder of Kelly Ramage whilst the Monkeewrench crew are working on the IT security of a ‘bitcoin’ company. It was hacked and they are not only trying to make it secure but also trace the hacker.

For those who know the series we get the ongoing characters storyline which is nicely weaved into each book and yet does not stop any of them being read as a stand-alone. Still this is a really terrific series and I think you will enjoy starting with, or going back to, the first one. The series in order is given below. This is the tenth book in the series it carries on the high standard of writing, characterisations and intricate plotting.

I want to say that it is the storyline that I love the most – it is and I do but the characters Gino, Magozzi, Grace, Roadrunner, Annie, Harley, baby Elizabeth and the wider police team all make these books personal. You want to know what is happening with them as much as you want to be drawn into the investigations.

Minnesota is gripped in a bitterly cold winter and even that will play its part in both the storyline and the plot. It is the way that you are given what seem to be disparate investigations along with other threads of storyline to build up into a whole that will keep you guessing, gripped and thoroughly hooked.

This is a terrific book and I would highly recommend it.

Thanks

As you’ve read previous titles by P.J Tracy, we thought you’d like to know that you can now read the latest in the Twin Cities series, Ice Cold Heart, available to read now on Netgalley!

Thanks Michael Joseph Comms for the invitation to read and for an eCopy via NetGalley.

I will, of course, be buying the paperback in October to go in my collection…

Information

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Michael Joseph (22 Aug. 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0241345820

ISBN-13: 978-0241345825

Buy: Local bookshops AmazonSmileUK Waterstones

The eBook is also out on 22 Aug with the paperback out on 31 Oct 2019.

Author

Traci Lambrecht spent most of her childhood riding and showing horses. She graduated with a Russian Studies major from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she also studied voice. Her aspirations of becoming a spy were dashed when the Cold War ended, so she began writing to finance her annoying habits of travel and singing in rock bands. Much to her mother’s relief, she finally realized that the written word was her true calling. Together, they had a long, prolific career writing together in many genres until PJ’s passing in December 2016.   Traci continues to write like a maniac, with PJ’s spirit sitting on her shoulder, cracking wise.

In memory of PJ

PJ Tracy Website

Books in order

Monkeewrench/Twin Cities Series

    Monkeewrench (2003) won 2004 Barry Award for Best First Mystery Novel. (UK title: Want To Play?)
    Live Bait (2004)
    Dead Run (2005)
    Snow Blind (2006) 
    Shoot to Thrill (2010)  (UK title: Play to Kill)
    Off the Grid (2012) (UK title: Two Evils)
    The Sixth Idea (2016)  (UK title: Cold Kill)
    Nothing Stays Buried (2017)
    The Guilty Dead (2018)
    Ice Cold Heart (2019)

Other titles: Return of the Magi

#20BooksofSummer Challenge – Update.

What’s this?

From 3 June until 3 September I will be attempting to read my 10, 15, or 20 Books of Summer. Why not join in with your own 20 (or 10, or 15!)? You can find out all you need to know on Cathy’s Blog it’s easy to join and very relaxed with regard to the ‘rules’.

My original challenge

Last year I read the full 20 books but I think that may be a step too far this time around! So I’m committing to 10 books and hope to manage 15 but will read 20 if things go well!

I’m doing so well I know I’ll read 15 books definitely now and am really hoping to reach 20, we’ll see!

The books

Luckily this challenge is really easy going and changing your list, how many you read in what order is open to change if that’s how things transpire. So you won’t be surprised to hear I have changed a few things. This has happened mainly because I was able to read some of my chosen books more quickly than expected and so could fit in others. I was also invited by a couple of publishers to read books not originally on my list but they came along just at the moments I had a gap.

My original list can be read here however, as this has changed, I thought a quick update on where I am now would be a good idea.

What I have read so far

If I have already written a review then the title will link you to that for all the information. Otherwise I will put a short comment.

1. When She Vanishes by Claire Douglas

2. Bold Lies by Rachel Lynch

3. The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

4. Murderland by Pamela Murray

5. Burnt Island by Kate Rhodes

6. Death of an Angel by Derek Farrell

7. Ice Cold Heart by P J Tracy – I’ve read this so will be reviewing soon. I was delighted to be invited to read this book – the latest book in the Monkeewrench Series – by the publisher Michael Joseph who provided an eBook via NetGalley.

8. Murder Unearthed by Amanda Waller – I’ve read this and will be reviewing for the BlogTour on 3 July.

9. The Chain by Adrian McKinty – I’ve read this and will review around 9 July.

10. The New Book (untitled) from Dreda Say Mitchell – not yet read. BlogTour 18 July.

11. The Last Stage by Louise Voss – my current read! I will be reviewing for the BlogTour on 24 July.

So I’m on my 10th book with regard to reading and of those have reviewed six. So with not even a month gone I’ve virtually finished my original challenge!

So onward and upwards. I’m trying not to take on any more BlogTours or NetGalley books! I should be able to take the last nine reads from the books I had on my original list. That can sometimes be very difficult as I’m sure many of you will understand and agree. Still I have what look like terrific books and I really do want to put a big dent into that original list.

Death Of An Angel – The Danny Bird Mysteries by Derek Farrell

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Book blurb

A woman is found dead in a London street – the evidence suggests she plummeted to her death from a nearby tower block – but did she fall or was she pushed? And why does she have Danny Bird’s name written on the back of her hand?

So begins this 4th magnificent outing for Danny and the gang from The Marq.

In the frame for a murder he didn’t commit, London’s self-proclaimed Sherlock Homo has no choice but to don his metaphorical deerstalker one more time to prove his innocence and uncover the truth about the tragic death of Cathy Byrne.

With the indomitably louche Lady Caz by his side, Danny plunges headlong into a complex investigation while at the same time trying to be a dutiful son to his increasingly secretive parents, and still find the time to juggle his frustratingly moribund love-life.

My thoughts

This is the first book by Derek Farrell that I have read and I really enjoyed it. Danny and Lady Caz are terrific characters – the banter between the two alone is worth reading the book for. Still if you’re reading Death of an Angel it’s for the well, not to put too fine a point on it, death oh and, yes, to find out whodunnit.

Has Cathy Byrne been murdered and, if so, why? Did Danny do it? If he didn’t can he find out what happened, why and who did?

Danny isn’t just trying to resolve these questions he’s got personal stuff going on, yes there’s Nick, the boyfriend, although that gets somewhat sidelined, not only for the investigation but because something odd is going on between his parents – I thought this sub-plot was handled particularly well bringing a tenderness into the book and insight into Danny’s character and life – and his siblings want him to find out what it is. They love their parents but should they – in the shape of Danny – really interfere?

And then there’s his solicitor she wants Danny to look into the death of another client who died when his car went off the road. Wasn’t it just that simple? Still Dot’s asked and she’s a friend, sort of, so a few questions just to check it out can’t do any harm now, can it?

He’s a busy boy is Danny along with running The Marq well luckily he’s got Ali to do that but still it is his actual work, his living. But Danny’s a bit, well you know he’s got this reputation, he’s a bit of a Sherlock or perhaps more a Miss Marple, no offence, because well because he just can’t let things go and, you got it, he’s nosey. Still Danny’s a good guy, isn’t he? He believes Cath Byrne deserves to have her murderer – if she was murdered – brought to justice. So, along with the wonderful and gutsy Lady Caz, Danny investigates and as they do we will meet some well-drawn characters to love and to hate, to fear and to, maybe, wish you knew them in person – under different circumstances of course!

While all this is going on the body count mounts, there are some pretty viscous attacks, not least on Danny himself, and a very intriguing plot unwinding that will keep you guessing and thoroughly gripped.

This is a cracking story, well plotted, well written, sprinkled with witty banter, filled with – often dark – humour and, whilst this is no cosy mystery, the denouement is delivered in true Conan-Doyle or, perhaps, we should say Agatha Christie style.

This is a terrific book and one I would more than happily recommend.

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Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Death of an Angel and 10 runners up will receive a set of Danny Bird pin badges featuring the covers of all four books.  To be in with a chance of winning all entrants have to do is visit derekfarrell.co.uk and subscribe.  Winners will be chosen on 1 July.

Fahrenheit Offer!

Also, anyone who purchases a Fahrenheit paperback also gets a free eBook download of the same book too.

The Blog Tour

With many thanks to Fahrenheit Press for an eCopy of Death of an Angel by Derek Farrell and to Emma at Damppebbles for inviting me onto this wonderful BlogTour. Do catch up with rest of the Tour:-

Information

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Publisher:         Fahrenheit Press               (26 February 2019)

ISBN-10: 1912526441        ISBN-13: 978-1912526444

Buy:                   Amazon Smile UK              Fahrenheit Press

Author:   316A4320-A404-4B80-BCEA-AD8FF99C7E7DDerek Farrell has, since childhood, told stories. Of course, back then they were called lies, and usually got him in to trouble, but nowadays his stories, humorous poetry and song lyrics are entertaining people from Kansas to Crawley.

Derek grew up in a small terrace close to the Guinness brewery in Dublin’s Liberties neighbourhood, where the smell of roasting hops alternated with the yeasty fermentation of the mash, and the cry of the seagulls was interrupted occasionally by the snorting of an escaped cow on the rampage from the abattoir at the bottom of the street.

Derek’s literary heroes include Agatha Christie, P.G. Wodehouse, Lawrence Block, Joe Keenan, Steven Saylor, Scott Fitzgerald, Dashiel Hammet, Raymond Chandler, Lindsey Davis, Jonathan Harvey, Fidelis Morgan, Armistead Maupin, Doctor Seuss and anyone who actually drags their arse to the desk and writes, Goddammit!

His jobs have included: Burger dresser, Bank teller, David Bowie’s paperboy, and Investment Banker on the 80th floor of the World Trade Centre.

Time in high finance, has given him an opportunity to observe people, to understand the persuasive power of language and to develop an insight into the workings of the criminal mind, whilst allowing him to live and work in Hong Kong, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Prague and London.

And all the time, he’s been telling stories.

You can check out his website Derek Farrell or follow him on twitter @derekifarrell

 

Also by Derek Farrell

Death Of A Diva   Death Of A Nobody   Death of a Devil