Writer launches thriller

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Critically acclaimed Tyrone author Anthony Quinn will be taking a road trip around Northern Ireland, including Rushmere, for readings, Q&A sessions and signings to mark the launch of his latest historical thriller Blind Arrows.

Already the novel has been picked by The Times as one of the best reads of the month for it’s ‘dark and superb’ portrayal of republican leader Micheal Collins.

Quinn, described by the Daily Mail as ‘a star in the making’, had his debut novel Disappeared shortlisted for a Strand Literary Award in the United States. The detective thriller was also listed by Kirkus Reviews as one of the top ten thrillers of 2012, and after its UK publication in 2014, it was selected by the Times and the Daily Mail as one of the best novels of the year.

In 2015, he was nominated for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

Blind Arrows, published by No Exit Press on September 24, is set during the Irish War of Independence and features Collins and a sadistic serial killer in a tale of political intrigue, secrets and treachery.

“This is the second in my historical thriller series, following The Blood Dimmed Tide,” said Quinn.

“I’m fascinated by the political intrigue of Dublin during the War of Independence, and the fact that the city was a cauldron of rogues and rebels. I thought it was a classic noir setting with ample opportunity for me to open up the dark matter of political ambition and treachery in the minds of these competing spies and politicians.

“In many ways, I’m projecting the themes of the Troubles, which dominate my Celcius Daly detective series, onto an interesting and pivotal historical period and letting them take a different shape there.

“The energy that drives me on is exposing layer by layer the web of secrets that political conflicts create, and the personal struggles of characters who have been sent to illuminate the murk.

“I think I’ve created some of my darkest characters to date in Blind Arrows.”

Quinn will be appearing at Rushmere’s (Craigavon) Easons on Thursday October 8, at 7pm.