CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED Tyrone author Anthony Quinn read from his latest detective novel at a packed No Alibis bookstore in Belfast on Saturday.
Border Angels is the sequel to his award-nominated and Amazon best-selling Disappeared, which also features Inspector Celcius Daly.
Anthony said: “It was great to see so many people clutching copies of my new book on Saturday.
“I’d like to thank Dave Torrrans of No Alibis and my agent Paul Feldstein for the glowing praise they gave my writing, and for helping to make the event such a success.
“It was a rainy, dark afternoon in Belfast, and felt like the perfect setting for Noir. “I was delighted to see that people had travelled from all corners of the North to attend the event.”
The book has already received critical praise in the US, where it has been published by the legendary crime publisher Mysterious Press.
US literary magazine Kirkus Reviews has written “Anthony Quinn has quietly made a reputation for himself over the last couple of years as a purveyor of deftly plotted, dark-spirited and periodically lyrical yarns set amid the gurgling bogs and lurking mists of Northern Ireland.
“Border Angels, is due out this month, and if there’s any justice in this world, it ought to earn Quinn more reader plaudits than a leprechaun has coins, and some headlines of his own to boot.”
Disappeared, Anthony’s debut novel, which was published last year, won him critical acclaim in the States, with book critics from the Washington Post, the LA Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle nominating it for a Strand Debut Literary Award, while Kirkus Reviews listed it as one of the top ten thrillers of 2012.
The novel, which launched the lonely, dogged and congenitally honest police detective Celcius Daly, went on to be a best-seller on Amazon’s crime fiction rankings.
Border Angels takes Daly’s life a step further, sending him to investigate a fiery road crash from which leads a trail of bare footprints in the snow — the evidence of a woman having run from the scene.
It doesn’t take long for Daly to connect this smash-up with a remote brothel on Northern Ireland’s troubled border, a people-trafficking scheme and a missing but resourceful prostitute with revenge on her mind.
Quinn has promised to take readers on ‘a journey into the murky, lawless world of border country’.
“The fugitive figure of Lena Novak is the book’s heart, and its central point-of-view”, he said.
“I thought it would be interesting to approach 21st-century Ireland through its borderland, to see it through the eyes of a foreigner who had been kidnapped from the troubled border of her own homeland.
“My goal was to demonstrate a society in flux, with not only the settling in of the peace process, but also a society adjusting to the arrival of large numbers of migrant workers and new forms of crime such as people-trafficking.
“As the borders in Europe dissolve, Northern Ireland has seen one brand of social unrest exchanged for another. Families from Eastern Europe have arrived to experience a new wave of discrimination and alienation.”
Quinn has been praised for the quality of his descriptive writing.
“I take a guilty pleasure in drawing the reader’s attention to the strangeness of the border landscape, making them shudder at a gruesome-looking blackthorn tree, a rotting cottage, or a treacherous bog”, he said.
“One line of description can condense a host of different feelings. The Irish landscape I know and love has its own geography of moods, an interweave of darkness and light, which I find constantly mesmerizing.”