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‘A brooding, bloody and brilliant new voice in Irish crime writing’ says Crime Author Brian McGilloway

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Louise Phillips


Following the great success of his debut thriller ‘Valberg’ last summer – described by international best-selling author of the ‘Jack Reacher’ series Lee Child as ‘first rate’ – lawyer Des Doherty is this week publishing his follow-up crime novel with Guildhall Press.

Sins of the Fathers, the second of the Valberg trilogy, sees the return of a deadly assassin to the streets of Derry.

And while before, Gerard O’Driscoll inflicted brutal revenge on the jury who wrongly convicted him of child murder, this time he’s working his way up the legal ladder. Police, lawyers, judges – no-one is safe.Detective Jon Valberg leads the hunt to nail the killer and expose his shadowy accomplices. And soon finds out how personal it’s all about to become.

Writer Doherty – who intends to have the final part of the trilogy ready for next year – says he has been delighted at the reception to the first book. And he is hopeful that the new work will enjoy similar acclaim.

“It was particularly significant to have seasoned crime-writers like Lee Child and Brian McGilloway give their stamp of approval to the first book,” he said.sins

First-rate writing, one to watch.”
Lee Child, acclaimed author of the ‘Jack Reacher’ series

A brooding, bloody and brilliant new voice in Irish crime writing.”

Brian McGilloway, best-selling crime author

Compact and compelling. Finely crafted characters and fast-moving tight drama.”

Michael Mansfield QC

The book will be launched at the Tower Hotel Derry, Butcher Street, Derry, on Thursday 26 June at 6:30pm. All welcome. Light refreshments available.
SINS OF THE FATHERS by Desmond J Doherty is published by Guildhall Press (Derry)
Available online from www.ghpress.com
ISBN: 9781906271893. Crime Fiction. Paperback £7.95. 288pp, 230mm (tall) x 150mm
Desmond J Doherty
Desmond J Doherty was born in Derry and has worked there all his life. He is married with two daughters. Desmond is a solicitor in his own law firm which has developed expertise in Human Rights and major justice issues. He has extensive civil and criminal law experience and is a member of various courts and tribunals including the Special Tribunal for the Lebanon and the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia. Over the years, Desmond has been involved in a number of high-profile inquests and represented the McGuigan family at the BloodySunday Inquiry. Others include the Iraqi Special Tribunal, the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, and the Omagh bombing. Desmond is passionate about the creative arts, especially music and literature, and claims to be Ireland’s number one Rush fan.
Visit the VALBERG website for author interview and extended promo. www.jonvalberg.com & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A8XEbdo4No
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