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The Sun is God by Adrian McKinty
  

The Sun is God

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Alongside Ken Bruen and Stuart Neville, McKinty sits atop the Irish contemporary crime writing scene, so this comes as a pleasant surprise: a quirky historical mystery, based on a true life case, set in 1906 on a remote South Pacific island. Will Prior, previously a military foot policeman in the Boer War, is there in self-imposed exile when a German local government representative asks for his assistance to investigate a case on a nearby island populated by a group of European back to nature eccentrics one of whom has died in mysterious circumstances. Prior and a 'lady traveller' foisted on him, reluctantly travel there. Resolutely old-fashioned storytelling with an edge that will delight no end.

If you like Adrian McKinty you might also like to read books by Stuart MacBride, Ian Rankin and David Mark.

Who is Maxim Jakubowski

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. On a South Pacific island in the early years of the 20th century, a bizarre murder takes place. Concert pianist Max Lutzow is a member of the Sonnenorden, a strange German sect whose followers worship the sun and eat only coconuts in the hope of eternal life. Lutzow’s fellow adherents insist he has died of malaria, but an autopsy conducted on his body suggests that all is not as it seems, and it transpires that the musician is not the first person to have died mysteriously on the island. Struggling local plantation owner and former military policeman Will Prior is drafted in to delve reluctantly into the strange practices of the sun-worshippers, and to uncover the truth behind Lutzow’s death. He soon finds himself in danger as the Sonnenordens’ secret practices come to light. Loosely based on real events, this imaginative and cleverly realised historical mystery is entertaining, surprising and engrossing.
~ Susie Cogan

Synopsis

The Sun is God by Adrian McKinty

It is 1906 and Will Prior is in self-imposed exile on a remote South Pacific island, working a small, and failing, plantation. He should never have told anyone about his previous existence as a military foot policeman in the Boer War, but a man needs friends, even if they are as stuffy and, well, German, as Hauptmann Kessler, the local government representative. So it is that Kessler approaches Will one hot afternoon, with a request for his help with a problem on a neighbouring island, inhabited by a reclusive, cultish group of European 'cocovores', who believe that sun worship and eating only coconuts will bring them eternal life. Unfortunately, one of their number has died in suspicious circumstances, and Kessler has been tasked with uncovering the real reason for his demise. So along with a 'lady traveller', Bessie Pullen-Burry, who is foisted on them by the archipelago's eccentric owner, they travel to the island of Kabakon, to find out what is really going on.

Reviews

An exciting new voice -- Ian Rankin

A writer of substance - Guardian

A seriously brilliant novelist Australian McKinty gets better and better - The Times

About the Author

Adrian McKinty

Adrian McKinty was born and grew up in Northern Ireland. He studied law, politics and philosophy at university. He moved to New York City in the early nineties where he worked in bars, bookstores and building sites. He now lives in Melbourne, Australia and writes a popular blog on film, music, politics and literature at adrianmckinty.blogspot.com and tweets @adrianmckinty.

McKinty is best known for his series of Sean Duffy thrillers. The first, The Cold Cold Ground, was published in 2012 and won the 2013 Spinetingler Award and its sequel I Hear The Sirens In The Street has been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards 2013, 2014 Le Prix SNCF du Polar, the Barry Awards 2014 and longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2014.

Maxim Jakubowski's view on Adrian McKinty...

The stylish Irish author who now lives in Australia but was for many years in America has followed his DEAD trilogy with FIFTY GRAND, a powerful revenge novel set in Cuba and Colorado, with a female Havana cop on the rampage in a mission to avenge her dead father. Staccato prose, poetic landscapes and an unforgettable heroine all conspire to make this one of the big crime novels of the past year. A must.

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Publication date

3rd July 2014

Author

Adrian McKinty

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Publisher

Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd

Format

Paperback

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781846689833

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