Gerard Brennan’s short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies; including three volumes of The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime and Belfast Noir. He co-edited Requiems for the Departed, a collection of crime fiction based on Irish myths which won the 2011 Spinetingler Award for best anthology.
His novella The Point was published by Pulp Press in October 2011 and won the 2012 Spinetingler Award for best novella. His novels Wee Rockets and Fireproof were published by Blasted Heath in 2012. Undercover, a Belfast cop thriller, was released by Blasted Heath in 2014.
He graduated from the MA in creative writing at Queen’s University Belfast in 2012. Then in 2016, he completed, and successfully defended, his creative writing PhD. Gerard has also taught on the Introduction to Creative Writing module at the university.
Gerard has been featured on Arts Extra and Talkback on BBC Radio Ulster, interviewed for The Irish News, The Belfast Telegraph and various local newspapers. He has also contributed to panel discussion in many Northern Irish venues such as No Alibis Bookstore in Belfast and very recently attended Bouchercon in Long Beach CA where he featured on a panel on Belfast Noir alongside Stuart Neville.
The Sweety Bottle, a play that he co-wrote with his father, Joe Brennan, became the first play in 118 years of Grand Opera House history to transfer from The Baby Grand to The Auditorium when it headlined the Féile an Phobail festival in 2013.
An active member of the Northern Irish crime fiction scene, Gerard is the webmaster behind the popular blog, Crime Scene NI (aka CSNI). His involvement in the genre has resulted in a long list of supportive crime writing friends.
Detective Inspector Tommy Bridge, of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, has revenge on his mind. His first act of vengeance is the murder of a small-time thug, Vic Wallace, during a Belfast riot. Not exactly exemplary behaviour from a cop… And that was merely an appetiser.
At the same riot, Jimmy McAuley, a 20-year-old student, is assaulted and scarred for life. And Bridge gets into a fight with Clark Wallace – Vic Wallace’s bigger, more dangerous cousin. Bridge is rescued by DS Patricia ‘Dev’ Devenney and the madness is caught on camera by investigative journalist, Grace Doran.
In the wake of the riot, Clark Wallace vows to track down his cousin’s killer. Mistakenly, he fixes on Jimmy McAuley as the most likely culprit. DI Bridge offers to protect Jimmy but hides another, more sinister, motive.
Jimmy and Grace are head-hunted by Joe Soap, the CEO of a private security firm. Soap wants to win a contract through which his security agents can assist the police in the restoration of order at riots. Grace and Jimmy, following fifteen minutes of viral internet fame, are to be used as the poster boy and girl of this new venture. They’re a perfect fit, until Grace starts digging for dirt…
And while this plays out, a new flurry of riots rage on through the streets of Belfast…
“… brimming with violence, authentic street dialogue and surprising black humour” – Adrian McKinty
“…a Coen Brothers dream, via Belfast… Gerard Brennan grabs the mantle of the new mystery prince of Northern Ireland.” – Ken Bruen
“Gerard Brennan is a master of gritty violence.” – Colin Bateman
“The real deal.” – Brian McGilloway
You can’t choose your family. This fact becomes a major career obstacle for DS Shannon McNulty when she takes up a post with the Police Service of Northern Ireland following a decade on the force in London.
The move from England back to her hometown of Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland coincides with the untimely death of her gangster uncle, Brendan McNulty.
Now Shannon must balance an unofficial investigation into her uncle’s shooting with her first official case for the PSNI: an assault on a politician’s daughter at a trendy gay bar in Belfast. The father, Austin McAllister, has gone public with his opinions on homosexuality in the context of his own religious beliefs. He assumes that his daughter, Lynda, has been attacked because of this.
The case, first seen as straightforward enough for a newly appointed DS to cut her teeth on, soon becomes complex and high profile when Lynda disappears and is later found dead of a suspected overdose in the boot of her own car.
A swift resolution to the disappearance of a politician’s daughter could lay the tracks for a stellar career as a Belfast detective. But, unfortunately, Brendan McNulty’s crimes still resonate in Shannon’s family, and she realises that her wannabe gangster brother, John, could well be in over his head with Brendan’s former right-hand man, Skin Doyle. Eventually, Shannon takes it upon herself to step in and creates a whole new set of problems.
If she fumbles her family and career juggling act, she’ll lose everything.
“A unique voice in contemporary Irish fiction.” – Stuart Neville
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