‘He beat her. Broke skin, left her needing stitches, and begged his sister to furnish him with an alibi. My husband. What on earth have I married? A dormant monster?’BLACK ROSE DAYS is published on March 31st. For more, clickety-click here …
Secrets, once disturbed, can ruin a life that has been spent trying to hide them. Two voices – one living, one dead – compete to find the truth behind the unsolved murder of Ena Tierney, committed thirty-one years ago on the Curragh Plains. Dan Somers, Ena’s husband and the chief suspect at the time of the murder, returns to Ireland in an attempt to clear his name once and for all and uncover what has been left hidden for far too long. As Dan learns of the events surrounding Ena’s death, a great turbulence roars to life that will consume everything – and everyone – in its path.
A gripping and disturbing mystery, BLACK ROSE DAYS is the latest powerful work by Martin Malone, one of Ireland’s finest storytellers.
Martin Malone is an Irish novelist and short story writer. His novel, The Broken Cedar, was nominated for the 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Us won the John B. Keane/Sunday Independent Award and his short story, ‘The Mango War’, won the RTÉ Francis MacManus Award in 2004. Martin’s work has also won the Killarney International Short Story Prize and was twice shortlisted for both a Hennessy Award and a P. J. O’Connor Award. Martin worked as a military policeman with the Irish Army, under the flag of the United Nations. He served five tours of duty in Lebanon and one in Iraq.
“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.