In Search of My Father 2017 Writing Project

In Search of My Father 2017 Writing Project
In Search of My Father, 2017 writing project supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. January 2018, this potential book project is in development.

Saturday, 3 September 2016


A couple of years ago, I attempted a jokey crime story called Belfast Backlash, piling on the humour and wisecracks to disguise the thin plot.  Now, a revised version adds more humour and wisecracks and nothing more to the plot in a reasonably tidied up version of the book.

Reaction to the writer and the book:

Agatha Crusty: "Just when you thought "and then there were none", along comes another one."

Saint Patrick: "Jeez, embarrassed to be nearly Irish."
Raymond Chandelier: "Farewell,my genre."
John Buchankiddingme: "Thirty-nine steps too far."
John Le Carrierbag: "Tinker."
Dyke Van Dick: "Diagnosis? Murder!"
The Pope: "There aren't enough prayers!"
The Prime Minister: "I'm setting up an enquiry to investigate the misuse of keyboards." 
Donald Trumpet: 'Somebody should build a wall round this guy."
Private Detectives Association: "We know where he lives."
The Queen: "A quare geg."
The Duke of Edinburgh: "*!$#."
Harry Ramsden: "I wouldn't wrap me fish and chips in it."
Norman Bates: "I loved it."

Belfast Backlash stars private investigator Sticky Miller and his resourceful sidekick Limp Donnelly.

Here's the blurb:

Belfast Backlash - A Sticky Miller & Limp Donnelly Crime Story
“I was checking off the names of various characters in my head, ticking and crossing as I went through the litany of all those with whom I had come in contact in the previous ten days; Eddie Hennessy, genius and murder victim; John Devlin, rogue, living out his last days in peace; Bog O’Byrne, thug and now motorway bridge support; Brendan Bertram, sweet old man with enough to say and more to tell; Bingo and P.J., idiots on crutches; Joan Jones, a tragic, lost opportunity to be the love of my life; Steffi Ellerbrock, a beautiful surprise out of the blue; Jackie Strong, infamous piece of scum and still to account for his risible life; Dave Robinson and Billy Strong, dead men walking…………” Private Investigator Sticky Miller and his resourceful sidekick Limp Donnelly investigate the death of a poet. In the process, they get involved with gangsters and other shady characters in Belfast and beyond. With little fear of action, no fear whatsoever of puns and a penchant for pontificating, bullets, one-liners and words of wisdom fly in equal measure in this hard-boiled, explosive crime story.
ISBN: 9781786972736
Type: Paperback
Pages: 208
Published: 2 September 2016

Anyone with a note from a responsible adult can buy it here:

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