born author & writer
2008, the Author published his debut crime novel, The
award-winning topical crime thriller has recently been
released in an updated edition - All The Cardinal's Men.
By then writing fulltime, this book was followed by the
intriguing story of the robbery of the icon of the art world,
the Mona Lisa based partially on fact - Mona Lisa-The
Virgin Mother. Soon followed by a sequel, Curse
of the Diamonds, winner of the 2012 Asian Editors
Choice Award, and currently a bestseller in publication
in eight countries.
His abiding interest in historical fiction continues with The
Emigrants. first published as an omnibus edition in 2010.
Expanded to a series, the first volume – The Brothers
Five – was published in both print and eBook formats in
2012. Gold & Glory – was printed in 2015
with the final volume – The Sisters Three – to
complete the trilogy.
Extensively travelled, with a close knowledge of much of
Europe and Asia, his stories continue to possess an affinity
with their locales. A sequel to Curse of the Diamonds,
set in England and Europe is currently a work in progress - The
Shelford's of Shelford.
THE CARDINALS MEN
- published 2011 CUSTOM BOOKS imprint
Comments & Reviews
well-plotted, topical novel - a cracker of a tale, engrossing
and ... a sensitive treatment of the subject of paedophilia -
Tom Flood, Miles Franklin Award-winning author and editor.
book should be a must read for all clergy... the trials of
these children, the pain, the lack of empathy ... the list
goes on and on. And then there is the longer term impact,
their descent into welfare and the long arm of the law. I know
there are similar cases in all orders but its time to rid
ourselves of this cancer.
Rev. Paul Best. UK
story and its ramifications are based in Australia in the
1970's. Whilst reading quite enthralled, I realised i knew of
a case and when I thought back, still another came to mind at
my school... and this was only last year. A chilling yet
engrossing story cast as a murder mystery.
Name supplied but withheld
sad story in many ways but as a murder mystery it excels...
suspense, raw in places, gives way to a superb crime novel. A
great storyline, engrossing with all the elements of a
Pam Bolt, Times
Magazine, Los Angeles
the abuse of children rife in Asia, when asked to review this
book, I felt it would be another of the many. Instead I found
an excellent murder mystery, well-thought through and with
very much the surprise ending. The vendetta against the priests
in well-handled, the planning and background is excellent, and
the police procedure neatly meshed. The prologue is a quite
moving tribute to the authors skills. . .
... Recommended read!
Lim Fuk, South Asia Times, Bangkok
at twelve, they could not comprehend the abuse and
They cried until no tears were left –
then they escaped!
An engrossing story of priests, paedophilia and murder. In the
seminary, some had a game, and a prize... the Cardinal's
To score... the systematic rape of boys in the homes.
But a young victim dies and the body is hidden.
Six years pass - a young male prostitute relentlessly pursues
the priests responsible, one by one they fall victim to the
The young boys had nowhere to go... no one to trust.
Australian story exhibits all the harshness of life in the
early eighties. Alcohol added to the austerity of their family
lives. Progression into the welfare system and abuse followed.
Conspiracy was just part of the failure of the church to
ensure the safety of the boys in the care of their priests.
Concealment by the celibate hierarchy – and a cover-up
provides the background. Throughout the churches, this much
has been true...
of the abused and forgotten victims have thought about killing
their priestly predators. This intriguing plot, the hunt for
the killer and the unusual ending could happen in any community
anywhere given the crisis in not only the Roman Catholic
Church, but other institutions as well.
published 12 December 2012
Previously published as
To Kill a Priest 2009
ISBN 978 1481801966
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