Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Irish Times Review

The Irish Times published a review of Wolves of Eden in last Saturday's Weekend edition.

Crime landscapes of US frontier, hypnosis, Big Pharma and Galway

Novels from Kevin McCarthy, Tanya Farrelly, Fiona Gartland, Nessa O’Mahony and Ken Bruen

 
Kevin McCarthy’s first two novels, Irregulars and Peeler, were set against the backdrop of the Irish Civil War, but Wolves of Eden (WW Norton, €14.99) opens in the wake of the American civil war, with the psychologically scarred Union Army veteran Lieut Molloy dispatched to Fort Phil Kearny in the Dakota Territory to “put boots on the gallows” – ie, investigate the apparent murder of the fort’s sutler and his wife. Molloy being an alcoholic determined to drink himself to death, the investigation is largely conducted by his second-in-command, Sergeant Kohn; woven through Kohn’s attempts to penetrate the code of omerta that pertains at Fort Kearny is a rambling, semi-literate confession written by Michael O’Driscoll, an Irish immigrant who has served with the Union Army during the recent war.

Wolves of Eden

A compelling tale of men who were “chucked into the roaring flames of history”, Wolves of Eden is superbly detailed in its depiction of frontier soldiering, with Fort Kearny besieged by Chief Red Cloud and the story playing out against the events which led to the Fetterman Massacre of 1866. Flashing with shards of coal-black humour – Michael’s brother Tom, shot in the face at the battle of Chickamauga, has “a face that would make a funeral turn from a main road” – Wolves of Eden is a brutal, blood-soaked and unsentimental account of the Old West that bears comparison with Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Wolves of Eden Selected as One of Amazon's 20 Best Books of 2018

Wow...even more delighted to announce that Wolves of Eden has been selected by Amazon as one of its 20 Best Books of 2018 as well as one of its 20 Best Books Literature & Fiction. Happy Days! A real honour to be in the company of such amazing books.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Wolves of Eden a Book of the Month November 2018 Editor's Pick on Amazon

Delighted to announce that Wolves of Eden has been selected as an Editor's Pick for Book of the Month, November 2018 on Amazon. And a real honour to be on the same list as Michael Connolly and Stephen King. I've been reading King since I could read at all and Michael Connelly's Bosch novels were a real influence on my O'Keefe novels.

Monday, 30 July 2018



Out now in all good...and not so good...bookshops and on Amazon

The Civil War may be over, but in this thrilling historical novel,the battle for the West is only just beginning...




Dakota Territory, 1866. Following the murders of a frontier fort’s politically connected sutler and his wife in their illicit off-post brothel, Lieutenant Martin Molloy and his long-suffering orderly, Corporal Daniel Kohn, are ordered to track down the killers and return with “boots for the gallows” to appease powerful figures back in Washington.  The men journey west to a distant outpost in a valley at once beautiful and savage, where the soldiers inside the fort—from Irish Fenian rebels to anti-immigrant nativists—prove to be violently opposed to their investigations.

Meanwhile, unable to adapt to life as migrant farm laborers in peacetime Ohio, Irish immigrant brothers and Civil War veterans, Michael and Thomas O’Driscoll, reenlist in the army and are shipped west to Fort Phil Kearny in the heart of the Powder River Valley.  Here they are thrown into ferocious combat with Red Cloud’s coalition of Native tribes fighting American expansion into their hunting grounds.  Amidst the daily carnage, Thomas finds a love that will lead to a moment of violence as brutal as any they have witnessed in battle—a moment that will change their lives forever.

Blending intimate historical detail and emotional acuity, Wolves of Eden sets these four men on a deadly collision course in a haunting narrative that explores the injustice of warfare and the resilience of the human spirit.

“Kevin McCarthy is a fresh voice, and a keen one. This Irish thriller writer has ventured boldly into a new continent and a new history. His place is the American West in the 1860s, when the long sad carnage was winding its grim way toward Wounded Knee. With this story of profound tragedy, his new readers will be many.” -- Larry McMurtry, author of The Last Kind Words Saloon

“When it comes to saturation-level historical authenticity—the sense of being there, alive and at large in the vanished past—I think Kevin McCarthy is in the company of masters like Patrick O’Brian and Hilary Mantel. Wolves of Eden is also a shiningly humane novel...about the immigrant soldiers who found themselves on the front lines during the harrowing seizure of the American West.” --Stephen Harrigan, author of The Gates of the Alamo and A Friend of Mr. Lincoln

McCarthy has a fine sense of voice and period detail, but it's the well-drawn characters and riveting scenes that make this novel memorable.--Kirkus Reviews

Set in late 1866 amid Red Cloud’s War in the Dakota Territory, McCarthy’s third novel is a historically rich blend of mystery, morality, and brutal frontier warfare...Though not for the squeamish, this is a riveting and propulsive mystery.--Publisher's Weekly

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

What He Said...Did I Really Say That?

Crime and the City...Solution
A friend brought this to my attention.  It is the transcript of a reading and Q&A I gave for the Dublin City Libraries Crime and the City series of lunchtime talks last year.  It's very wierd, reading a transcription of what you've said.  There is something of the deposition about it.  Something of the courtroom and something of that feeling you get when you hear yourself speaking on tape...

Listen to me.  On tape...  On video or iphone or ice-bucket challenge or whatever.

Despite how strange it is to read my own rather rambling verbiage word for word, I actually managed to say a lot that I really stand by, especially in the Q&A part where I talk about writing and editing and researching historical fiction.  It's here if you're interested.

Here's me on researching historical fiction.  Apparently I have a 'fraudulent gadfly's knowledge' of the Irish revolutionary period.  Hmmm...someone shut that guy up!:  

One of the pleasures of being a historical novelist, one of the pleasures and the banes, I suppose because a lot of the research is really fun to do and it’s really interesting and you wouldn’t write about if you weren’t interested in it in the first place. I’m doing a new novel which is not in this series, although I am going back to this series, I’ve found myself reading the diaries of this Pioneer woman – I’m literally falling asleep reading it and I was thinking why do I have to read this? But you do because the great thing about research is it takes the story in a different direction and quite often you think you have a story set and then you come across like the fact that there were female agents and the story goes in a completely different direction. I love that about research. I tend to research widely first and then go and research for things I need in the story specifically. It’s kind of daunting sometimes. I was on the radio with an historian recently and he had a vast, comprehensive knowledge of the subject and I have kind of a fraudulent gadfly’s, you know a magpie’s knowledge of it because fiction writers research to suit the story as much as anything. I could never write a scholarly treatise on the period. But the research suddenly it will throw something up from the dullest, most banal text and you suddenly think, I have to use that. That’s fascinating. Or what often happens too is your story will be going one direction and something you read will confirm it, you know, I wonder if they would have done that? and then suddenly you’ll just fortuitously stumble upon something – they did do that. Thank God!

http://dublincitypubliclibraries.com/story/kevin-mccarthy-transcript

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Lisa Reads Books and Interviews Yours Truly

Hi folks. An interview with yours truly over on Lisareadsbooks blog.  It was really fun to do, actually, forcing me to think back on my early reading habits, my working (or lack thereof) habits etc. It's a great blog. Check it out here:  http://lisareadsbooks.blogspot.ie/2013/11/kevin-mccarthy-interview.html

Also, I'll be among some real greats of Irish crime writing this Saturday at the Irish Crime Fiction: A Festival at Trinity College. Really looking forward to it.  Details here: http://irishcrimefiction.blogspot.ie/

Friday, 1 November 2013

Irregulars Shortlisted for Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year...Author Not-So-Secretly Delighted









Well, folks, I've actually got some real news for once here on the auld blog:  Irregulars has been shortlisted for the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year 2013.  I'm really delighted by the news, I have to say, and, if nothing else comes out of it, me and the missus will get to go to the awards banquet and avail of the open bar...  What? No open bar?  Well...

Yours truly and Mariel Deegan,
Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator for New Island Books at the
Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards
Shortlist Announcement--Photo courtesy of Ger Holland, a real pro

 Seriously, it's nice to be nominated, really nice, actually, and it will keep Irregulars on the shelves for awhile longer at least.  It's an honour to be on a list with the 5 other writers.  I've only read one novel by one of the other writers, to my shame, The Holy Thief, William Ryan's first novel in his Kolorev series, set in 1930's Russia. It is a great read and no doubt his shortlisted The Twelfth Department is equally good.  So, again, a real honour.

If you want to vote for Irregulars, here's the link below.  Thanks!


http://www.irishbookawards.ie/2013-shortlist-ireland-am-crime-fiction-book-of-the-year/




Following the announcement of the shortlist at the Bord Gais Energy--see that? a plug for my gas company!--Theatre, it was into a taxi and over to the ILAC Centre Library for my reading in the Crime and the City series put on by Dublin Libraries.  It was hectic, running from one place to the other but the turnout was great at the ILAC and the Q&A was one of the most interesting I've done to date, with questions covering everything from civil war history to writing routines and much else as well.  I'd never done a lunchtime gig before and I really enjoyed this one.  Thanks to Padraig, Susan, Mary, Bernadette and all at Dublin City Libraries for their support!
Reading at the ILAC Centre library in Dublin as part of the Crime in the City series.
(My mate Oscar looking suitably bored!)
Nice tie...