I write crime thrillers with high stakes, fully-rounded characters and plot twists that never let up until the adrenaline-packed climax.
Vigilante Investigator Justice Series – #1
Angela McGlynn is concealing dark secrets: engaging in vigilante activism in an attempt to dismiss self-destructive thoughts. When she employs recently discharged veteran John Knox to aid her in the search for a missing girl, she soon comes to realise that war has left him broken. As they both become embroiled ever deeper into a vortex of danger and half-truths rapidly spinning out of control, his need to rescue the girl and her insistence on exacting justice compel each of them to pursue a course of action with no regard for the potential psychological fallout.
I’m sure you’re wondering what makes the Angela McGlynn series special?
Well, I wanted to write the type of book I like to read. A fast paced thriller, with some sassy dialogue, a badass chick and plenty of action shot through with sexual tension. I love the way that crime thrillers give us an access-all-areas pass into an underbelly of society that is usually obscured, allowing the exploration of dark themes. I also enjoy crime, mystery, suspense and the thriller genres in particular because of the way they often include social commentary. I find you can learn a lot about the time in which certain titles were written which is something I enjoy when I read classic detective fiction.
I like to mix it up: private investigators, good and bad cops, three-letter agencies, the government. Overall, my utmost priority is a focus on fast-paced prose with increasingly higher stakes that build towards a kickass climax guaranteed to keep the pages turning.
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If you like strong female protagonists you’ll love Angela McGlynn. People often ask me about my influences. Well, I love the type of detective who fulfils the loner convention. This is something that many literary critics have said isn’t possible with a female lead but I beg to differ. In fact that’s just what I set out to do. I’ll let you be the judge of whether or not I pulled it off.
Favourite authors of mine writing cool detectives include Andrew Vachss and Michael Connolly (Burke and Bosch), and in terms of the loner trope, what’s not to love about the characters of Jack Reacher and John Rain created by Lee Child and Barry Eisler.
Some people have told me that those who enjoy books like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo will be interested in the character of Angela McGlynn, presumably because of the hacking, but I have never read it. Not that I didn’t want to, but as soon as I heard a couple of people mention similarities (which I believe will be minor) I decided I didn’t want to be influenced by it in any way.
My story is really the story of two different people; besides my protagonist book one introduces John Knox. What interested me greatly at the time of writing was the war in Afghanistan which informed the creation of his character and it was this, along with my practice of martial arts and love of anime that have been my greatest influences for book one.
GET9 is a whole other story.