Tyrone author and journalist Anthony Quinn has hit new heights with his Celcius Daly series of crime detective novels after his latest book reached number one in the Australian Amazon download charts in the week before Christmas.
Quinn’s debut ‘Disappeared’, which is set in Tyrone and Armagh, was published to critical acclaim last year and was named as one of the books of the year by The Times and The Daily Mail in their Christmas round-ups.
His sequel Border Angels was officially released on Wednesday in the UK and Ireland.
The new mystery thriller, which is already garnering great reviews, has Daly investigating a fiery roadside accident and a string of footprints--those of a bare-footed woman--that lead through the snow, away from the crash. This sets Quinn’s lonely, dogged, and congenitally honest cop off on the trail of a prostitution ring, and soon leads him deeper into a case involving misused public funds, the illicit trafficking of Eastern European women, and a surprisingly resourceful young Croatian, Lena Novak, who captivates our hero as she strikes back at the criminals who exploited her.
“I’m delighted to see that the books are doing so well in Australia. Disappeared reached number 2 in the Amazon charts and Border Angels has pipped that by taking the number one spot”, said Anthony.
“The book is set in the present day along the Tyrone and Armagh border with the Republic.
“It focuses on how a society adjusts to a large number of migrant arrivals. My goal was to demonstrate a community in flux, with not only the settling in of the peace process, but also a society adjusting to many newcomers and new forms of crime such as people-trafficking.
“As the borders in Europe dissolve, the border area has seen one brand of social unrest exchanged for another. Families from Eastern Europe have arrived to experience a new wave of discrimination and alienation.”