About The Book
Following the brutal murder of his Uncle outside a semi-derelict school building on West Belfast’s Falls Road, Mark Shaw inherits sole proprietorship of Farset Investigations. In the wake of a failed police investigation, Shaw vows to find his Uncle’s killer himself, unaware that in doing so, he will find himself on the trail of not one, but two cult movements and their respective leaders, putting the lives of himself, his family and his newly assembled investigation team on the line.
The self-proclaimed, Terror, alter-ego of Belfast Chronicle reporter, Caleb Doyle, has vowed to rid the world of people who he has deemed are #famousforallthewrongreasons and in doing so, has created a worldwide following, keen to do his will.
The Prophet, global leader of The Enlightenment Movement has total and absolute control of those who are members of his Church. He will stop at nothing to retain his power, the great wealth he has amassed and to cover up the many crimes and misdemeanours of those who act in his name, including bribery, corruption and murder.
Farset Investigations- Based on the site of the former St. Comgall’s Primary School in West Belfast, this building holds many secrets, some of which it has given up with the help of Psychic Medium, Patrick Rodgers, an unlikely ally, but soon to be an associate of the Farset Team.
This first novel in the series, an inverted detective story, although primarily based in the West Belfast area, takes us from, Liverpool to Strauss Park, New York and from London to Perth and beyond, as Shaw and his team try to bring to an end a string of murders and find justice for his Uncle.
Q&A with James Murphy
Describe yourself using three words
Writer, Teacher, Familyman
What inspired you to write your first novel?
I had a long held ambition and a chance visit to a Psychic Medium gave me the confidence I lacked.
What time of day do you like to write?
Mostly in the Evenings after my young daughter has gone to bed and Weekends in the afternoon.
What is your favourite book and why?
To Kill A Mockingbird. I’ve taught it for over 10 years and it never fails to inspire me or my students.
How did you pick the title of your book?
I wanted it largely to be in line with the theme of a developing killer and his motivation.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
No, at least I hope not, though I do find elements of me in each of my characters, good or bad.
What’s your favourite word?
If you were a colour what would it be?
I think, Grey. A think all good crime fiction writers should have an appreciation of where light and dark meet.
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I tend to only plan a little. I like to listen to my characters and take the story where they lead it.
Who is your favourite Author?
I’m a huge fan of James Patterson, though from writing my book I have developed friendships with other local authors so now have lots of favourites.
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?
Lady Macbeth. Now that would be a sequel!
Are you working on a new project?
Yes, I’ve just started to write the second book in what will be, the Terror trilogy, I Am Terror #Thepastispain. Hopefully for an October 2017 launch
All About James Murphy
Born on October 10th 1976, I was raised in West Belfast, attending St. Comgall’s Primary School, which has become a central building to my novel. Beyond my Post-Primary Education, I attended Queens University where I obtained an English Degree. In 1999 I qualified as an English Teacher and have worked within the field of education ever since. For the last 10 years, I have been the Head Teacher of a school which provides education for the children of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, I married my wife in 2006 after 10 years together and we had a daughter in 2012. We have lived in Antrim since 2010, though still maintain relationships with family in West and South Belfast.
This is my first foray into novel writing or indeed any writing beyond that of the world of academia, discounting an article I had written for the Andersonstown News as a teen when I had aspirations to be a journalist.
I’ve always harboured an ambition to write a novel but lacked the confidence to do so, that is until a visit to a Medium a few years ago ( who also finds his way into the story), wherein, I received the message that I was to bite the bullet and get the book written. I know how that may sound but believe me when I say that everything that I was told on this and subsequent visits have become fact. So here it is, I’m sure you will agree that a life led in association with West Belfast, Northern Ireland Education at a high level, Cult and Medium associations, I do indeed have a story to tell and one which I hope you will be interested in.
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