Black Water by Cormac O’Keeffe
Cormac O’Keeffe is the award-winning security correspondent for the Irish Examiner – work that has given him unique access to contacts in the police and the community.
He has used his years of experience to inform and fuel his gripping and compulsive debut novel, giving it the intensity, authenticity and originality of personal experience. Here, he gives us an insight into ‘Black Water’, which is published on 19th April. Pre-order it now on easons.com.
Like the creature in Alien, this novel was crawling around inside me – and had to get out.
An unsettling image, I know, but one that gives an insight into the birth of Black Water.
My novel tells the story of a young boy groomed into a criminal gang and the struggle of his football coach to save him and the determination of a young detective to bring the gang to justice.
Their stories build to a climax as a shadowy police unit hatches a perilous plan in its battle against gangland.
The story is set in a community fractured by the drugs trade and blighted by gangs – a topic all the more timely with the ongoing Kinahan-Hutch feud.
The title Black Water refers to the setting – along a gritty stretch of the evocative Grand Canal in Dublin.
It’s a stretch I know well, having lived near it for almost 20 years.
Poured into the mix has been my experience, for more than two decades, as a journalist covering crime, policing, drugs and communities, including since 2000 as security correspondent with the Irish Examiner.
All of which, I hope, makes Black Water a powerful thriller.
Black Water by Cormac O’Keeffe is available to pre-order now!