The Coffin Maker

James McCarthy (2012)

Fiction   Thriller / Suspense

From behind the headstones the laser beams from the machine guns settle on the target; coffin maker, Pat O’Donnell. He is unwillingly digging a grave for these thugs. A woman arrives in a jeep. Even in the half-light he can see she is beautiful, but what is she doing here? She is a stranger, yet, he feels drawn to her and her mysterious background.

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From behind the headstones the laser beams from the machine guns settle on the target; coffin maker, Pat O’Donnell. He is unwillingly digging a grave in the old colony cemetery on Achill Island for these thugs, and they will not hesitate to use their fire power. Who is he digging the grave for and why are they pointing their guns at him?
This nocturnal grave digging puzzles him, but he might well be digging his own last resting place if the information has leaked out that he is working undercover with Garda Detective John O’Neill trying to identify the reclusive drug lord, The Big Fellah. Pat has a score to settle with him; his gunmen had forced Pat’s pregnant wife off the M50 to her death.
He has had other traumas in his life, an adopted orphan who suffered abuse, but the loss of his wife is the most devastating event that has ever happened to him. He misses her everyday.
Midway into the dig a man and a woman alight from a jeep. Even in the half-light he can see she is beautiful, but what is she doing here with these killers? She is a stranger, yet, he feels drawn to her and her mysterious background.
Reluctantly he finds himself caught up in a web of fear, intimidation, drug smuggling, and murder.

About Author

James McCarthy

James McCarthy lives with his wife Carmel and son Richard in Dublin Ireland. He has written features for the press and ‘Me and the Foreign Girl’ is his first novel. He was inspired to write it after reading, ‘The Perfect Storm.’ He has read some of his short stories on the East Coast Radio. He is a member of the Wednesday Café Writers and they meet each week in Carysfort College Dublin. They critique each other’s work and drink loads of coffee to increases their creative edge. The fact they enjoy it is of secondary importance. He has a number of interests and hobbies. He cycles a lot and is also a member of the Countrywide Hillwalking Association (CHA). At weekends he is usually found walking somewhere in the Dublin or Wicklow hills with the CHA. He is a member of, ProBus, Rotary, the Tuesday Club and the Crab-apples. He says, ‘it’s is a privileged to have them all as friends’. He has worked in several areas, Teaching, Career Guidance, Psychology and Statistics. He has a Ph.D from Trinity College Dublin.

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