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A Day in the Life of Louis Bloom – Paul Charles – Book Launch
26th October 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFREE
No Alibis Bookstore, in association with Dufour Editions, invite you to the launch of the lateset crime novel by Paul Charles, “A Day in the Life of Louis Bloom”, featuring Detective Brendy McCusker
This, McCusker’s second outing, takes him from the historic Botanic Gardens, through the ancient Friar’s Bush Graveyard to the halls of learning at Queens University Belfast, where he and DI Lily O’Carroll encounter enough scandal and deceit to rival even the most venal of governments. Between a tax-evading pot dealer, a pack of dysfunctional academics, a disinherited older brother, charismatic escorts, and a shadowy American,
Paul Charles has been immersed in the world of Music and Crime for most of his life. He managed his first group, The BLUES by FIVE, when he was fifteen years old and his business card listed the number of the local telephone box in his native Magherafelt, Northern Ireland.
He moved to London when he was seventeen years old and studied to be a civil engineer, but the music business was his real distraction and he was more interested in writing about the London scene for Irish music papers than surveying, planning and drawing.
Whilst in London, Paul met Paul Fenn and they became firm friends and, eventually partners in the Asgard Agency where, over the last 30 years, Paul has been agent for a wide range of quality music acts including: Jackson Browne, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Ray Davies, Lonnie Donegan, The Blue Nile, Christy Moore, Don McLean, Elvis Costello, Gordon Lightfoot, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Rory Gallagher, Nick Lowe, Ry Cooder, Robert Plant, Planxty, Tom Waits, Van Morrison, The Waterboys and The Undertones. He’s also programmed the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival for the last 25 years.
But as well as all of that he’s also a committed book reader—and collector—particularly British Detective fiction. “I have always loved dabbling in writing, lyrics, sleeve notes, short stories, etc., so in 1996, inspired by Colin Dexter (the creator of Inspector Morse), I attempted my first Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy Mystery, I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass, which was published the following year.”
Nine further critically acclaimed Christy Kennedy titles followed, including 2012’s A Pleasure To Do Death with You. In 2007 The Dust of Death the first of a trilogy featuring Inspector Starrett was published. Followed by Family Life, in Sept 2009 and the final Starrett title, St Ernan’s Blues in March 2016. His other titles are: The Prince of Heaven’s Eyes, a novella from the Fruupp days re-published recently as an ebook; Down On Cyprus Avenue- the first two McCusker Mysteries set in modern day Belfast – & A Day In The Life of Louis Bloom (set to be published October 2018) the 2nd McCusker Mystery; The First of The True Believers, a novel concerning the Beatles; three Castlemartin novels – The Last Dance, The Lonesome Heart is Angry and One of Our Jeans Is Missing (2016); plus three factual music books, Playing Live; How to Succeed in The Music Business and The Best Beatle Book Ever written by Paul Charles (as opposed to the Best Book ever on The Beatles ever!)