Today I have a Q&A with author Kevin McManus, whose novel Death Rains Down is available free on Kindle, Yes that’s FREE on Kindle!
A damaged cop, a beautiful murder victim, a web of lies and a political cover up! What’s not to like?
Death Rains Down by Kevin McManus
He is stationed in Superintendent Jim Mulcahy’s police department, having never quite got over the death of his wife 8 years earlier.
Logue is now a hard-drinking and damaged cop, a loose cannon, a thorn in Mulcahy’s side, apt to take the law into his own hands – but he always gets results.
So when faced with the murder of an attractive Polish girl in Port Ard, Co Mayo during the week before Halloween and the subsequent chain of killings that follow, Logue stubbornly refuses to let go even when his Super takes him off the case.
Why on earth, Logue asks himself at the outset, would anyone want to kill Anna Pawalowski, a beautiful estate agent while she was out on a viewing?
And why did the mutilated body of her Polish boyfriend then end up being washed up on the shore?
Was she cheating on him? Did his love rival take revenge? Or are there much darker forces at play?
But as the body count begins to rise, Logue slowly senses he has stumbled into a sticky web of lies, cover-ups and deceit stretching from his own department all the way to the top level of political power.
From the law-enforcers to the law-makers, from respectable businessmen to Russian mobsters – a sinister hand is exercising an iron grip across the whole social order and woe betide any who dare to try to weaken it in any way.
In a world of corruption and double talk the only person Logue can trust is his sidekick, Detective Jack McGarry who pulls him back on track to bring whoever is responsible for the carnage to justice one way or another.
Logue, though, feels he has nothing more to lose and is hell bent on pursuing a malevolent force to the bitter end.
After a tumultuous showdown he believes he has been successful.
Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your novel?
A) The story is set in Western Ireland in the fictional town of Port Ard. The year is 2007, the height of the Irish property boom. The town is awash with building workers from Eastern Europe. Corrupt politicians and business entrepreneurs are making a tidy sum from their endeavours. Against this backdrop a Polish woman working for a successful estate agent is murdered. Her boyfriend who is the chief suspect has disappeared. Enter Ray Logue a world weary detective and his sidekick Jack McGarry who unearth a sordid path of drug smuggling, murder and cover ups as they dig deeper into the investigation.
Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?
A) The novel was inspired by some of those great crime movies and TV series of the early 70s such as the French Connection, The Sweeney and Get Carter. I especially wanted to capture the natural banter that goes on between detectives, to make them move believable, like Regan and Carter, Popeye Doyle and Buddy Russo. The thing that sparked the story was just reading about an unsolved case in England in the 1980s concerning the murder of a female estate agent. She went out to meet a client for a viewing of a property and she was never seen again.
Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?
A) I love all of Dennis Lehane’s books, Henning Mankell’s Wallender series, Ken Bruen’s Jack Taylor books, James Elroy, John Connolly, Anthony J Quinn. At the moment I am reading The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins, its excellent.
Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?
A) I started off as a teenager reading mainly fantasy and science fiction. I was a big Star Wars nut and that got me into reading science fiction. I read lots of Frank Herbert, Michael Moorcock, Harry Harrison, Roger Zelazny, Robert E. Howard. As I got older I read move standard literary fiction and became drawn towards crime fiction. Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?
I think the first time I seen the cover design for my first book, that made it feel so real and exciting, also getting feedback from family and friends about my books. It’s wonderful to get comments from people in Canada, the U.S., Denmark, Iceland, the U.K. and Ireland that have read and enjoyed the book, that’s what makes writing worthwhile. Its strange how writing is such a private task, just sitting at your computer in a room and then a few months later people thousands of miles away get to read it.
Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?
A) My wife, Mary has always been very encouraging and she convinced me to send off my first manuscript to publishers.
Author’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Books-by-Kevin-McManus1075444599167606/?fref=hovercard
Death Rains Down is available as a free ebook from amazon from Tuesday 11th April 2017, until Saturday 15th April 2017
*Credit for photo: Julie Williams.
*Thank you to Kevin McManus for taking part in this Q&A on my blog. I wish you much success with your book and future writing career! 🙂