Crime-thriller fiction fans are in for a treat as a Bahrain-based author gets ready to release the latest instalment in his Jack Calder series.
Self-published, long-time expat Seumas Gallacher published the first book, The Violin Man’s Legacy, in 2010 and has gone on to release a further four books to date.
Now, the sixth book in the series titled No Impunity is set to hit the shelves by Christmas, according to Mr Gallacher.
“The series is about former SAS officers at International Security Partners (ISP) combating international crime villains, drug cartels and cross-boundary people-trafficking rings,” said Mr Gallacher, who is originally from Scotland.
“The story line for the sixth book is of European-based biker gangs clashing in street drug wars and the death of a former high-society girl in one of the mob’s sideline prostitution businesses which links to a family who are friends of the people at ISP, hence their involvement.
“It starts in Europe – Germany and Holland, moving broader afield to Portugal, and then inter-continentally.”
Avid fans will be pleased to know that there are more books planned for the series.
“Yes, there are likely to be further books about Jack Calder ... devilishly difficult to get them to go away,” Mr Gallacher told the GDN.
Meanwhile, the popular author has been expanding his repertoire with the release of A Few Poetry Stops in a Life’s Journey and a literary novel which is currently in the works.
“The poetry book came from the idea of offering to readers a wee collection of verses I’ve written over the past several decades, but prefacing each poem with the background of why and where each was penned,” he said.
“I often read anthologies and other poetry collections and wonder what went into the thinking behind each.
“I shared the idea with my social network friends and they were enthusiastic about the concept and now it’s live on Kindle.”
Speaking of the ‘more literary novel’ currently in the works Mr Gallacher said it had been ‘percolating’ in his head for several years.
“It features the main character, an itinerant Arabic language teacher, passing on his skills and wisdom to the children of expatriate families in the Middle East.
“From the mouths of babes, coupled with his life’s experience, will come the universal truisms, such as, of all men being equal, and deserving of dignity regardless of station.
“The inspiration for the literary novel was seeded almost eight years ago in Abu Dhabi, when I was attempting to learn Arabic with a home tutor, a gentleman of around my own vintage.
“His wisdom was captivating.”
Although Mr Gallacher has branched out with his writing, he assures fans he is not moving away from the crime thriller genre.
“Just adding another string to my writing bow, so to speak,” he added.
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