Why does N.I have so many great crime fiction writers right
now? (I’m not including myself as part of this group by the way!)
Colin Bateman, Stuart Neville, Brian McGilloway, Gerard
Brennan, Adrian McKinty, Steve Cavanagh… the list goes on and on. We’ve now got New York Times bestsellers, multiple award
winners, and bona fide crime fiction heavyweights. But why all of a sudden? Firstly, I think it is simply that there are a lot of good
writers here. We didn’t ever have only C.S Lewis anyway, and the whole island of Ireland has always had a rich wealth of
literary talent. We have also had crime fiction written here before too,
Maurice Leitch, for example in, decades past. Like the tourist post-Troubles
boom, perhaps it is in part that writers are just having the opportunity to be
‘discovered’ much more easily. The massive increase in book publishing and e
books of course is relevant too. But Northern Ireland has always had
many highs for a small country- look at shipbuilding, sports, musi…
Below is a free story, taken from my Bestselling collection-'More Faces' It is a flash fiction and the shortest in the collection. For a copy of the full book from Amazon and more info, click, Here Blood and Botany
“Pass us the
rake Brian, would ya?” “Two
seconds mate… there you go.” “Cheers,”
said Tim, tidying up of the lawn, “if you wanna load up the van that’ll do us.” “No
probs,” Brian said, lifting the trimmer with one hand and dragging the fresh
bag of cut grass with the other. He was lean and young, but on a hot day like
this, his body ached to be sitting in the van again drinking tea. “Aww
man, not the McClaine’s, I’m wrecked,” said Brian when they were back in the
van, “let’s do a few wee lawns first.” “Don’t
be a lapper,” said the elder of the two; fit enough for his late twenties, with
a good jet of hair too, “we’ll have lunch when we get there sure and then get
crackin’ after, all right?” “You’re
the boss,” sighed Brian, checking his reflection and fixing his trendy fringe
-There are so many to choose from- you could do a top 100 with Nick Cave alone! -Here are my faves- what are yours?
5. Mack the Knife Bobby Darin "Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth dear."
You can trace versions of the song back to 1928, but the most well known versions would be from Bobby Darin or Frank Sinatra. It's a dark tale and it is really an unusual song to have been such a hit over the years. Check out the gravelly and stripped down Mark Lanegan cut from his Imitations album.
4. San Quentin Johnny Cash "I think I understand a little bit how you feel about some things, It's none of my business how you feel about some other things, And I don't give a damn about how you feel about some other things."
So said Cash when introducing his new song to the world and to the inmates within San Quentin. This is my pick over the likes of Folsom Prison Blues, mostly because of this recording. You can hear the tension and the electricity when he sings, "San Que…