Whatever it Takes

Culture Night 2021 at Fortress Spike Island

I’m delighted to be part of Crime Writers Cork by  Culture Night Cork County on September 17th, 2021.  This is my first live event for some time due to Covid and promises to be very special. Myself and four other Cork crime writers: Michelle Dunne (While Nobody Is Watching & coming soon, The Invisible), Kevin Doyle (A River of Bodies & To Keep a Bird Singing), Catherine Kirwan (Darkest Truth and Cruel Deeds (2022)) and  Amy Cronin (Blinding Lies & Twisted Truth) will be in conversations with well-known 96fm radio show host PJ Coogan. Booking and other details here.  

Cork One City One Book Launch

Cork City’s One City One Book was launched by Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Kieran McCarthy in Cork City Library on 14 August. A discussion on the book with myself was led by poet and writer Thomas McCarthy, behind closed doors. Click here to watch the discussion  

Interview on The Arts House with Elmarie Mawe

I was delighted to be interviewed by the wonderful champion of the arts in Cork, Elmarie Mawe for her show The Arts House on Cork’s 96fm and C103. We had a great chat without giving too much away about the plot of Whatever It Takes!

Interview with The Echo

Interview with The Echo I was interviewed by Chris Dunne of The Echo about Whatever It Takes. “Growing up, I would have loved an Irish sports fiction book. In the same way I would have loved a crime novel set in Cork city.”

One City One Book Launch

One City One Book Launch The Launch of Whatever It Takes as the One City One Book by Cork Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Kieran McCarthy took place in Cork City Library on 14 August. I discussed the book with the great poet and author Thomas McCarthy.

Whatever It Takes published

My second novel, Whatever It Takes was published by the Mercier Press on August 5th, 2020. This is a contemporary crime novel set in Cork city, featuring a Garda detective, Collins, who goes to war against a professional criminal.

Interview with The Irish Examiner

I really enjoyed being interviewed by Marjorie Brennan for the Irish Examiner talking about Whatever it Takes, winning the Cork One City One Book award and all things writing. We talked about my first book, The First Sunday in September and sports fiction, too.

Whatever It Takes listed as one of the books of the summer

In her list of books to read during the summer of 2020, Marjorie Brennan includes Whatever It Takes among some heavyweights like Anne Tyler, David Mitchell, Robert Harris and others. The best fiction books for the beach and beyond this summer.  

Piece in The Irish Times

I was delighted to have a piece published in the Irish Times. In this article I have more questions than answers about bringing out a book in a time of crisis. My Covid-19 anxieties come to the fore. Written in the style of Donald Barthelme’s Concerning the Bodyguard.