Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Sun Is God

My new novel, the third Sean Duffy book, In The Morning I'll Be Gone will be out later this week. But the question they always ask you in interviews is what's next? Since this is the end of Duffy (for now!) I'll tell you what's next. Its a standalone mystery based on a true story set in the German colony of Neu Guinea in 1906. This is how the book is described on Amazon.co.uk


It is 1906 and Will Prior is in self-imposed exile on a remote South Pacific island, working a small, and failing, plantation. He should never have told anyone about his previous existence as a military foot policeman in the Boer War, but a man needs friends, even if they are as stuffy and, well, German, as Hauptmann Kessler, the local government representative. So it is that Kessler approaches Will one hot afternoon, with a request for his help with a problem on a neighbouring island, inhabited by a reclusive, cultish group of European 'cocovores', who believe that naked sun worship and eating only coconuts will bring them eternal life. Unfortunately, one of their number has died in suspicious circumstances, and Kessler has been tasked with uncovering the real reason for his demise. So along with a 'lady traveller', Bessie Pullen-Burry, who is foisted on them by the archipelago's eccentric owner, they travel to the island of Kabakon, to find out what is really going on.

Incidentally Amazon claims this is a July 2015 release but its not, it's coming out this July... And in the meantime please don't forget my new Sean Duffy coming out in a few days!
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February 5 Update:
I've changed this blogpost to include the actual Serpents Tail cover - a cover I really like. 

25 comments:

Alan said...

Adrain,It sounds fascinating and very very different from Ulster's bleakness.I have seem German colonies in Chile "Puntos Arenas" where strudel shops and German signs including a brand new44 German Fire truck are de rigueur.In Baroloche Argentina you have old colony Germans and some who escaped de-Nazification.Jose Schmidt is very real.I look forward to fun .Thank you oh prolific one.Best Alan

Steve said...

I'm sure it will be worth a listen. Is it a bit more of a homage to 50's movie noir?

lil Gluckstern said...

I have "In the Morning..." on order from England. Your other book sounds very interesting. You will remind us, right?

Peter Rozovsky said...
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Peter Rozovsky said...

This is good news.

seana graham said...

I just finished reading Darwin's Armada for a book review, and as 4/5ths of it is set in the South Seas, and includes Thomas Huxley's travels around the northeast coast of Australia and the southern coast of New Guinea, this should be right up my alley.

trevor said...

I wonder if your 'lady traveller' was an ancestor of the renowned Ancient historian Professor J. Bury.In a court case the professor once remonstrated with the presiding judge who insisted on pronouncing his name "Burry". The Professor replied 'M'lud won't mind then if i refer to the empanelled jurors as ladies and gentlemen of the jurry.'

adrian mckinty said...

Alan

Its a little different from those colonies, very much an Edwardian style Utopian community.

adrian mckinty said...

Alan

Its a little different from those colonies, very much an Edwardian style Utopian community.

adrian mckinty said...

Steve

Not really but there's definitely a little bit of Wicker Man in there.

adrian mckinty said...

Lil

Yup, unless its all bad reviews and then I wont mention it again.

adrian mckinty said...

Peter

Should be a fun one.

adrian mckinty said...

Peter

Should be a fun one.

adrian mckinty said...

Seana

Yes its very close to the era in which Huxley travelled. A fun time to go anywhere really.

adrian mckinty said...

Trevor

She's actually a real person. Her most famous book on Jamaica may just be in your local library or it may be gettable on ILL. Shes quite a character.

Alan said...

Adrian,Fine interview with Declan Burke with a bit of incite into Anglo-Irish history and a possible bloodless Reichenbach reemergence of Mr.Duffy.A few more days until Amazon UK releases "In The Morning..." I know your major was philosophy and English is your forte but I think you would have made a darn fine History teacher.Best Alan

trevor said...

Thanks Adrian. That's brilliant. Her 'Ethiopia in exile; Jamaica revisited' is a free download. Before Haile I RastafarI too

adrian mckinty said...

Alan

Yeah I do love history. And English lit. Probably would have had a good life as a history teacher.

adrian mckinty said...

Trev

(slaps forehead) Of course, I'm an idiot, it'll be out there as a free ibook.

trevor said...

Great news my pre-ordered 'In the Morning...'is on its way from the Book depository

Alex from Vienna said...

Too late now but: have you heard of Christian Krachts book "Imperium"? Cocovores, colonialism. Only available in german I think. Take a look: http://booksbikesfood.com/2013/11/12/christian-kracht-imperium-2012/ (review in english, not mine)

adrian mckinty said...

Alex

Thanks for that! Yes I did Imperium out of the library at one point and got my friend Michael Hau to translate bits and pieces for me. Michael has written his own book which briefly mentions the naked Cocovores:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Cult-Health-Beauty-Germany/dp/0226319768/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390852291&sr=8-1&keywords=michael+hau

Alan said...

Adrian ,I am tempted by your list of" locked room" mysteries.Was there not a monkey in two of Holmes stories ?."I will look for the Carr and Shimada books they sound fascinating.Thank You . Well Done.Best Alan

adrian mckinty said...

Alan

Beware of John Dickson Carr you might become an addict.

Rick said...

Sweet! Two of my favorite authors will both be releasing their next books the same week! Stuart Neville's next is released at the same time.