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A City. A Blackout. A Serial Killer. “The Dark”

Article by Derek Flynn © 4 November 2019.
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“You won’t be able to put this book down” – Cat Hogan

Ex-cop turned private detective John Ryan has had his fair share of strange cases. The mysterious death of a priest in a remote Newfoundland village in BROKEN FALLS; the terrifying serial killer known as The Trucker in THE DEAD GIRLS.

But none have been as strange as the man who turns up claiming he can’t remember who he is. As John attempts to find out the mystery man’s identity, the lights suddenly go out in Choketown.

And then, the murders start.

The Choketown Killer has returned. And John’s client becomes the number one suspect.

With his city in the grip of a blackout, John begins the hunt for the serial killer as the body count rises and the city teeters on the brink of spiralling out of control.

But the question is: who can he trust?


Private detective John Ryan returns for a third time in Derek Flynn’s new novel, THE DARK. The previous two John Ryan novels have been a hit with readers and reviewers alike. THE DEAD GIRLS was chosen as one of the “Best Irish Books of 2018” by the readers of the Rick O’ Shea Book Club, Ireland’s biggest online book club.

“The Dark is haunting, gripping, and a complete page turner.” The Corpse Bride Book Blog

“Derek Flynn’s John Ryan series continues to impress at every turn. Highly recommended.” Don Jimmy Reviews

THE DARK is on sale now in paperback and Kindle on Amazon

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Derek Flynn runs Writing.ie's SongBook blog, and is an Irish writer and musician. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and his fiction was featured in 'Surge', an anthology of new Irish writing published by O’ Brien Press with the aim of showcasing “the very best of the next generation of Irish authors”. Online he can be found at his writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’ – and on Twitter as @derekf03