Troubador City of Darkness

Released: 28/05/2015

ISBN: 9781784622534

eISBN: 9781784628956

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City of Darkness

What would you take to avoid the dark?


Detective Sebastian Kessler lives and works within the towering metropolis of Dis, a toxic urban sprawl where every day is a battle for light, a fight for better air and a struggle to live. Within this urban tomb, Kessler tries to escape the daily grind through a drink and drug habit that has spiralled out of control, an addiction that gets him into serious trouble with local crime boss ‘Little Chi’. With work hard to come by and credits running low, Kessler is on the brink of despair when he is hired by Bethany Turner to investigate her uncle’s mysterious death. Soon the Council, the tyrannical rulers of Dis, are after him, citizens are mysteriously disappearing and a new, powerful drug is doing the rounds, all of which are connected to the Turner case. With the bodies of addicts piling up in skin labs and strange creatures emerging from the depths of the city, Kessler tracks down Doc Galloway, an old acquaintance, and forces him to help. Together they embark on an epic journey into the heart of the city where the detective not only has to deal with his own personal demons, but those that lurk within the darkness of Dis… Set in a bleak, distant future, City of Darkness combines the flawed hero of the 1950s film noir detective with a broken society where the remnants of humanity struggle to survive. The book touches on issues such as class, addiction and escaping reality as readers are taken on a journey down into the depths of a troubled city, with the age old appeal of science fiction and a crime and mystery story never far away.

I am currently writing 'Neon Lights' - the second book in the Kessler series

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My passion for writing began in reading the books of my youth. Always surrounded by 'The Famous Five' and 'The Hardy Boys', I would happily spend hours transporting myself to that abandoned lighthouse or a smuggler's tunnel to solve a mystery. All gave me glimpses into exciting settings from which my imagination could run wild. The Hardy Boys especially gave me the first opportunity to get to know a favourite character of mine - the detective. Later, this love of exciting settings filled with adventure evolved towards the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre of J.R.R Tolkein, David Eddings, Philip K Dick and William Gibson.

My love of film noir and crime fighter tales, with their flawed heroes and gritty, intense settings, are all drawn from my experiences as a teenager growing up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The popular scene of Humphrey Bogart or Robert Mitchum playing the aging, heavy drinking detective emerging from a haze of cigarette smoke to save the day is a particular favourite of mine.

Northern Ireland itself, and particularly Belfast, has been a great influence on the environment of my stories. The broken society and its influence on the people living within it, how it shapes them and affects their decision making, has always been of great interest to me especially when fleshing out character's personalities and motives.

I have always written poems and short and long stories for my own pleasure, for friends or family and also through my work in schools where I have been lucky enough to teach creative writing and run writing clubs with my students.

My writing interests span across genres from science fiction, contemporary, crime, and thriller and all have that element of adventure which has been so important to me since childhood. I am currently writing 'Neon Lights'- the second book in my 'Kessler' series.

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