Tuesday 16 December 2014

Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway - The Gun by Daithi Kavanagh

The Gun
by Daithi Kavanagh
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing

Book Description:
Garda Detective Tadhg Sullivan leads a special unit that investigates politically motivated crime. A man known only as The Deerstalker is a cancer who has infected the Irish political system.

Sullivan teams up with journalist Helen Carty, and together they try tracking down the mysterious killer. Carty adds to Sullivan’s problems, when he finds himself falling in love with her. And further complicating things, he starts losing trust in his partner, Detective Pat Carter, who appears to be on the side of the Garda Commissioner, who Sullivan is rapidly falling out with.

Sullivan’s case is further thrown into confusion when a copycat killer, Tommy Walsh, is shot dead by the CIA. When the CIA discovers that they've killed the wrong person, the two agents involved--Simon, who has become disillusioned by his time stationed in the Middle East, and Joey, a psychopath who confuses zealotry with patriotism--are also in pursuit of The Deerstalker.

Sullivan finds himself in a race against time, if he is to arrest The Deerstalker before the CIA take him out, and use his death as a pawn in a political game of chess. Who will win out in the end?

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Characted Interview

1. Tadhg Sullivan, quick, describe yourself in seven words or less!
Emotional, determined, stubborn, mixed up, conscientious, intelligent and loyal.

2. Tell us something about your current hometown.
My hometown is Wexford in the sunny South East of Ireland. It is a beautiful part of Ireland with loads of beaches. Wexford is a very picturesque town and is a very popular tourist destination.

3. What's the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
The strangest thing that has ever happened to me is I have gone from being a mature student to being a published author in a very short space of time. Sometimes when I think about it I find it surreal. So the message is never give up your dream.

4. What's your favourite food?
My favourite food is good old steak, onions and chips. I tend to enjoy plain food.

5. Can you tell us a little about what to expect in The Gun?
The Gun is a fast paced crime thriller set in Ireland in particular my hometown of Wexford. Detective Sullivan is on the trail of a killer known as The Deerstalker and is hampered along the way by other forces including the Garda Commissioner, the CIA and also falls in love with Helen Carty a journalist involved in the case just to complicate matters.

6. Can you tell us something about yourself we don't learn from the book?
I like the arts, Irish Culture and Music and have a desire to learn more about these. I like to live a simple life with the least amount of complications as possible which wouldn’t be the case with Tadhg Sullivan or definitely not The Deerstalker!

7. What is your author Daithi Kavanagh like?
He is loyal, steadfast, determined, stubborn, kind, conscientious and also mixed up at times.

8. Name five items in your purse or pockets right now.
Guitar plectrums, a bit of loose change, a petrol voucher, a bar of chocolate and a shopping receipt.

9. What was your first impression of Tadhg Sullivan?
I liked Tadhg Sullivan from the start. I like that he is not a one dimensional character and is a bit mixed up. I also like the fact that he is his own man and loyal to those he loves.

10. If you had one chance to change anything about your life, what would it be?
Overall I am very happy with my life. It would be nice to have more money and a car that doesn’t need to be topped up with water on a regular basis but these are only minor things!


He stared at the gun lying on the bed.  It was in his possession for nearly half his life and he’d never known what to do with it.  The funny thing was, he’d always hated guns and yet, here he was.

He heard his wife moving around downstairs and knew that very soon she would call him for a cup of tea.  He had to get the gun back into its hiding place.

He thought back to the first time he’d seen it.  A late night knock at the door and a man from down the street had handed the gun and ammunition to him, wrapped in fertiliser bags.

“What the hell is this?” he’d blurted out.

“It’s a gun,” the man had said showing no expression.

“What are you giving it to me for?” he’d whispered, not wanting his family to hear them.”

“Because I trust you,” he’d replied.

“What the hell do you mean, you trust me? You hardly know me! And all I know about you is that you’re mixed up in the IRA.  I have a family and I don’t give a damn about the North.  Now please get away from my door and take that thing with you.”

The man had stared at him, but all calm had disappeared from his features.  Then he spoke through gritted teeth.

“Now listen to me.  The guards are going to be here shortly.  Something serious happened tonight and now you’re mixed up in it, whether you like it or not.  If you don’t take the gun from me now, when the guards arrive here and see us together, I’ll implicate you.  Even if they don’t believe me, it will mean that you’ll have to stand up in Court and give evidence against me. Do you want that for your family?   It would be much easier for you to stick the gun in the boot of your car drive off somewhere and hide it.  But you’d better make your mind up fast, before they drive up and arrest us both.”

He often wondered why he’d taken it.  Was it because he’d had sympathy for the man?  He didn’t think so.  Maybe it was the fear of being implicated, or like the man had said, being branded an informer.  He wasn’t sure, but whatever the reason, it seemed like providence.

About the Author
Daithi is 56 years old and livee with his wife and two teenage children in Trinity, Wexford. Up to 2012 when the recession hit Ireland he was making his living as a musician. He then went back to adult education and completed his Leaving Certificate in 2014. His is now studying for a degree in Culture and Heritage Studies at Wexford Campus.

While he was studying, he began writing ‘The Gun’ which is the first book in The Tadhg Sullivan Series. He has just completed the second book in the series. He plays guitar and sings in many of the pubs in his hometown of Wexford where he is often joined by his two children Ella and Rory who play fiddle and flute.

In his spare time (which he does not have a lot of) he likes to walk his two dogs with his wife Caroline.

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