Author Archives: Cormac O'Keeffe

About Cormac O'Keeffe

I am writing my first novel. It's a crime novel, a thriller set in Dublin's gangland, along the evocative Grand Canal. This blog is about that bumpy journey. And other things, like fiction reviews and non-fiction reviews, many of them published in the Irish Examiner, a daily national newspaper in Ireland. I work as crime and drugs reporter there, and have been since around 2001. Both my personal life and my professional life have fed into my novel, or, rather, have been poured into it. My novel was granted a literature bursary by the Irish Arts Council in September 2014 and my journalistic work has won multiple awards from the Law Society of Ireland over many years, most recently in 2015.

Painting a picture

Stephen King said something along the lines that a writer is trying to paint a picture in the mind of the reader. Painting the setting is part of that. You are trying to drop the reader into an area – … Continue reading

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Review: Good Cop, Bad War

Book Review Good Cop, Bad War  Neil Woods Ebury Press, €18 hardback       Review: Cormac O’Keeffe Having a sword pressed to your throat in the course of your work might be a sign that you should reconsider your job. … Continue reading

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The post I feared I might never write

  Well, this is a post I wished I would write sometime – but feared I might never. My novel is due to be a book. An actual published book. I have signed a contract with Black & White Publishing. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s underbelly sliced open

Traumatised souls. Murderous housewives. Wise-cracking hitmen. Bloody revenge. It’s all there in this excellent collection of short stories from Irish crime writers.     Review: Trouble Is Our Business Edited by Declan Burke New Island, €19.95 Hardback   Búla bos … Continue reading

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If you are kidnapped, never tell a lie…

THERE’S a black and white photograph in the opening pages of The ISIS Hostage. It’s of the hostage: Daniel Rye, a young Danish photojournalist. He stands in darkness and appears to be looking sadly out of some sort of blackened … Continue reading

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Around the Blocks of 2016

Does it happen to you that you can’t remember the books you read in the last year? Okay, you might know the more recent ones, but, whether it is advancing age or what, I’m having to scan various shelves and … Continue reading

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The Blocks

    I first came across Karl Parkinson listening to Arena one night, around a year or so ago. As far as I can remember, he read the Prologue from his then forthcoming book The Blocks and another chapter, which … Continue reading

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