Blog Tour: Death Rains Down, Q&A with author Kevin McManus

Huge thanks to Spellbound Books and Zooloo's Book Tours for inviting me on the Blog tour and to Kevin McManus for answering all my questions.

Tell us a bit about your current book release

The story is set in Western Ireland in the fictional town of Port Ard. The year is 2007, the height of the Irish property boom. The town is awash with building workers from Eastern Europe. Corrupt politicians and business entrepreneurs are making a tidy sum from their endeavours. Against this backdrop a Polish woman working for a successful estate agent is murdered. Her boyfriend who is the chief suspect has disappeared. Enter Ray Logue a world weary detective and his sidekick Jack McGarry who unearth a sordid path of drug smuggling, murder and cover ups as they dig deeper into the investigation. 

Where did the inspiration for Death Comes Down come from?

The novel was inspired by some of those great crime movies and TV series of the early 70s such as the French Connection, The Sweeney and Get Carter. I especially wanted to capture the natural banter that goes on between detectives, to make them move believable, like Regan and Carter, Popeye Doyle and Buddy Russo.   The thing that sparked the story was just reading about an unsolved case in England in the 1980s concerning the murder of a female estate agent. She went out to meet a client for a viewing of a property and she was never seen again.

Is there a subsidiary character you have created and are particularly fond of and why?

I love the character of Jack McGarry, Ray Logue’s sidekick. Ray and Jack are a bit like the Odd Couple or perhaps a married couple (not literally) constantly bickering and poking fun at each other but when it comes down to it, they are very close and would lay their lives of the line for each other.  Ray Logue is rough and ready, doesn’t care much about his appearance or his general health. He is over weight, a smoker and a heavy boozer. Jack McGarry is a family man, very health conscious, dresses in a neat suit every day. The contrast each other in so many ways.

 Do you have a particular writing routine you follow?

I work by day as a secondary school teacher so I generally write for an hour or so in the evenings around 8pm until 9pm and squeeze in a few hours at the weekend but the bulk of the writing takes place during the Summer holidays. We get three months off during the Summer in Ireland, so that’s not so bad.

Any tips for would-be writers seeking publication?

Have confidence and belief in yourself. Be prepared for lots of rejections from publishers but don’t let that sway you. Be persistent, eventually a door will open for you.

Can you tell us two things about yourself that your readership may be unaware of?

I played Bass guitar in rock bands for about twenty years. Alongside writing Crime fiction I also write poetry and I published my first poetry novel last year called “Spirits in the Forest”

If you weren’t a writer what would you like to do?

A bass guitarist in a rock band or a gardner but I don’t think my back is strong enough for that job.

Which author are you cosying up with tonight? (or what are you reading ATM)

A graphic novel about the 2000AD character Slaine.

Have you ever thought of setting a book somewhere exotic so you could visit that place or perhaps live there for a while? Where would that / will that be?

I would love to live in Iceland for a while, is Iceland exotic?

Do you linger in your research period or do you rush your research to get stuck into the writing?  I do a little research at the start to get me going but generally I am not sure how the story will develop so I generally research as required as I write. It is weird and freaky the information you have to google as you write a crime novel. If the CIA are tracking me, they might be getting worried.

Book Blurb :-

Introducing Detective Ray Logue. A renegade, hard living & damaged cop. Full of Irish charm & the best detective in Port Ard.

Detective Ray Logue has become something of a maverick in Jim Mulcahy’s police department, having never quite got over the death of his wife 12 years earlier.

Now a hard-drinking loner and occasional loose cannon, Logue is a thorn in Mulcahy’s side, who occasionally crosses the fine line of taking the law into his own hands to see justice served.

As the body count starts to rise, Logue suspects he may have stumbled into a dangerous web of lies and cover-ups, stretching from his own department all the way to the very top of the political spectrum.

From the law-enforcers to the law-makers, from respectable businessmen to Russian mobsters – a sinister hand is exercising an iron grip across the whole social order and it will destroy anyone who dares get in its way.

Author Bio

Kevin McManus is an Irish author. He primarily writes Crime Fiction novels but also
delves into writing poetry and short stories. He lives in County Leitrim in Western Ireland with his wife Mary and their dog Jack. He works by day as a secondary school teacher. Kevin has produced a series of novels featuring an Irish Detective called Ray Logue and a series based around a New York Detective called John Morrigan. His debut novel published in 2016 was “The Whole of the Moon”. In a previous incarnation, Kevin was a bass guitarist in several rock bands for over twenty year. Kevin is a supporter of Aston Villa FC which has caused him to age prematurely.

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