J.P. BURKE ... Irish writer & author

Sean Burke was born in Athlone, Co. Westmeath in Ireland. His forty year marriage to his wife Mary has resulted in four children and five grandchildren. Educated in the Marist Brothers College in Athlone, over the years he has worked in the aviation, pharmaceutical, engineering, and service industries. A sportsman all his life, he represented his country at all levels in his favoured sport of basketball. 
A voracious reader, his preferred authors cover most fiction genres. Over the years, he published short stories and poetry in magazines and newspapers and has only lately ventured into writing novels. Already with four books to his credit, each feature his hero, Detective Sergeant Scobie Tierney of the Irish police. Sean still lives in Athlone.



 

CAULDRON of CONSPIRACY   PUBLISHED 2018 CUSTOM BOOKS CLASSIC imprint

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When the youngest daughter of the Vice-President of the United States comes to Ireland for a summer course at the Kilkenny College of Art and Design, her visit interests a lot of people.

Asad Bin Shalwah, a Syrian refugee working in Dublin, whose daughter was killed in Syria, wants to deliver a message to the American president. His cousin, Jamal Oswam and his fellow members of an extreme resistance group in Syria, see it as an opportunity to strike back at the Americans.

Peter Devlin and Seanie O’Hara in Belfast also take a great interest in the girl's visit. As the last remaining members of the Free Ireland Brotherhood, they are anxious to find some way to have funds, frozen in a Boston bank by the U.S. president, released back to them so that they can resurrect their campaign.

Add a ruthless drug baron from Amsterdam and his siren of a Brazilian girlfriend, two hard bitten agents assigned to the protection of the girl and a Garda superintendent who ridicules the idea that anything could happen to her while in Ireland… and the pot begins to rapidly come to the boil.


But the girl is staying in Kilbracken, and this is Scobie Tierney’s neck of the woods. Nobody is better at putting the lid back on than the hard drinking, rule bending detective sergeant.
 

Publication SEPTEMBER2018
 ISBN 978 15372
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A SNATCH OF TINSEL   PUBLISHED 2017 CUSTOM BOOKS CLASSIC imprint

 A drug courier is arrested; the drugs seized. His gang have to find a way to repay their Dublin dealer for the lost drugs. They decide to seize a Hollywood star currently in Ireland making a movie, and demand a ransom for her return.
  The kidnapped star is hidden while waiting for the ransom to be paid by her Studio – itself a front for a Mafia boss in Las Vegas. He has the ransom delivered by his own men as he has an ulterior motive – their job is to retrieve the money after the actress is released.

A Dublin police superintendent and his crew arrive to take charge of the investigation.


But Kilbracken is Scobie Tierney’s territory and while they try to sideline him, he goes about things in his own inimitable way!



 

Publication USA DECMBER 2017
 ISBN 978 15372
RELEASED APRIL 2018
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PETRA    PUBLISHED 2017 CUSTOM BOOKS CLASSIC imprint

 


MURDER and INJUSTICE

Petra Kailno, a young Latvian immigrant works two jobs in Ireland to assist in supporting her family back home.

When she develops strong feelings for the husband of an invalid woman, she must keep them to herself. But when the woman is found dead in the nursing home where Petra is a cleaner, her mundane life spirals into a terrifying orbit which threatens her very existence.

Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody... Mark Twain.
 

Publication USA SEPTEMBER 2016
 ISBN 978 1537247281
RELEASED DECEMBER 2016
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The SCHIAPELLO CROSS  PUBLISHED 2016 CUSTOM BOOKS CLASSIC imprint


Murder .... and Intrigue!

The strident and persistent ringing of the alarm clock eventually penetrated his fogged up brain and Gerry Tierney blindly flailed his arm about until it located the clock and a balled up fist silenced the alarm by knocking it to the floor.

James Street! His head was pounding like a jackhammer on steroids! His mouth was dry and fuzzy and his tongue was lumpy and swollen as if someone had pumped it full of botox! Opening his bleary eyes, he was taken aback to see a bare bottom protrude from under the duvet. It certainly wasn't his! His was hairy and lumpy, with the odd red scaly patch of eczema. This one was pert and smooth with the only blemish, a small dimple on one cheek which seemed to wink suggestively at him. Slowly pulling down the duvet, he saw the black hair spread out on the pillow.

Mother of God!
What the hell had he got up to last night!

Publication USA  FEBRUARY 2016
ISBN 978 1523752638
RELEASED MAY 2016 
          
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RANDOM NUMBER  Published 2015 CUSTOM BOOKS imprint

  Gripping... the new terrorism!

This was the chance they had gambled on…

The bomb was hidden deep in the hotel’s basement two years earlier on spec. Now the Washington hotel is to host a US government sponsored Middle East peace conference.

Ten year-old Hussein Shaffeed’s father and his stepmother are members of a group of radicals planning to activate the bomb!

In a small town just outside Washington DC, ten year-old Abi Swenson is at home, recovering between bouts of chemotherapy treating her cancer. A new telephone is installed to relieve her isolation and boredom.

Abi experiments calling random numbers and connects with Hussein. An unlikely friendship forms.

He relates words from his parents late night conversations and their secretive behaviour. Soon both are certain that something evil is being planned…

But who will believe two children?
 

Published USA July 2015   

RELEASED OcTOBER 2015
    ISBN 978
1514248577 

69 PRINT Format:153 x 229 mm 
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