Category: Crime and thriller
Belfast, 2am, Tomb Street. A young man lies dead in an alley. Cracked ribs, broken jaw, fractured skull. With the Celtic Tiger purring and the Troubles in their death throes, Detective Sergeant John O'Neill is called to investigate. Meanwhile O'Neill's partner, DI Jack Ward, a veteran troubled detective, is receiving death threats from an unknown source…
You've just read the synopsis for When Sorrows Come – Belfast-born author Matt McGuire’s second novel in his DS O’Neill series. It’s a follow up to his debut 2012 novel, Dark Dawn, and further explores the brutal criminal underworld of new Northern Ireland.
Matt currently resides in Sydney, so we thought we'd chat to him as a he launches his book and we launch our new Crime and Thriller Writing course.
Australian author Wendy James published her first novel, Out of the Silence, in 2005. In 2006, that book won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Fiction and was shortlisted for the Nita May Dobbie Award for women's writing.
Since then she has published five more books, including the critically acclaimed The Mistake, which was published in 2012.
Her latest book is The Lost Girls (Penguin Books Australia), is part family drama and part psychological thriller. It explores the aftermath of a brutal murder 32 years after the event.
Peter Corris is an Australian author best know for his detective fiction series featuring private investigator Cliff Hardy. The series began with The Dying Trade, which was published in 1980. Since then, Peter has published over 40 Cliff Hardy novels, the latest being Silent Kill. He has won numerous awards for the series, including a Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing for Lifetime Achievement in 1999, and has been credited with reviving genuine Australian crime novels.
Peter's early career was as a historian and academic. In 1975 he left academia to pursue a career in journalism but has been writing full-time since 1982. He has written a number of books outside of the Cliff Hardy series, including a biography of Fred Hollows and a collection of short stories about golf.
Former soldier Chris Allen is the author of three action thriller novels, Defender, Hunter and Avenger, all published through Momentum Books, the digital only imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia. His books are described as "escapist action thrillers for realists" and he brings his 20 years experience serving in conflict zones around the world to his writing.
Chris began his career in the military and eventually went on to qualify as a paratrooper and spent time in the British Parachute Regiment. When he left the military due to injuries he began working in humanitarian aid, working for CARE International during the East Timor crisis in 1999. He has also held the position of Sheriff of New South Wales and oversaw a security upgrade at the Sydney Opera House.
Chris's first novel, Defender, was self-published. It was then picked up by Momentum Books and re-released. The second book in the Intrepid series, Hunter, has just been published, and the third book, Avenger, is due to be released in 2014.