I do an awful lot of travelling, but I never really think about what might be happening in the airports I go through. Consequently, I’m delighted to welcome AP McGrath to Linda’s Book Bag today as I have a feeling staying in with him will make me more thoughtful as I fly off to my latest destination!
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Staying in with A P McGrath
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, AP. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I’ve brought along the only book I’ve managed to publish so, I’m afraid, I have little choice. However, it’s a book I’m very proud of. It’s called A Burning in the Darkness. In some ways it could have been called ‘A Light in the Darkness’ because the central character, Michael Kieh, is a good man who is falsely accused of murder, but he attempts to prove his innocence without breaking his principles or, more importantly, his belief in love. It is a thriller/crime romance and takes place in one of the world’s biggest airports where Michael is one of several full-time faith representatives –which is a politically correct way of describing a priest or an imam or a rabbi. Michael is a Roman Catholic priest.
What can we expect from an evening in with A Burning in the Darkness?
After a struggle with doubt, Michael is about to set out on a new life when agrees to take one last confession. The penitent confesses to a murder, but evidence and circumstances point to Michael’s guilt. Michael refuses to betray the identity of the murderer because he still believes in the Seal of Confession and what it represents. The question I wanted to explore is: what kind of person and what circumstances would lead someone to sacrifice their liberty for the sake of their beliefs?
(Sounds really intriguing AP.)
When he was a child, Michael witnessed appalling abuses of power, including the killing of a missionary priest who refused to betray young Michael. But there was a first love that he left behind in the brutal confusion of war. When she and Michael cross paths once more, they battle to prove his innocence in a foreign, hostile country, where ultimately, love carries the day.
The characters are sympathetic and complex. The settings are cinematic and expansive. I studied English and philosophy, but I work as a cinematographer, so I wanted to create a character-driven, page-turning, visual story.
(I’ve found authors who used to work in visual media write highly effectively so I’m sure A Burning in the Darkness would be visually interesting too.)
I’ve brought some food and wine as these are almost essential for a good conversation. I would have cooked a slow-cooker casserole. I also do a tasty chocolate bread and butter pudding. Winter food that tastes just as good in the summer, or anytime of year. I hope the conversation wouldn’t only be about novels, but also about family and the state of the world.
Oh my goodness. I adore bread and butter pudding but I’ve never had a chocolate one! I think that could lead to some serious discussions to finish our evening AP. Thanks so much for staying in with me to tell me all about A Burning in the Darkness.
A Burning in the Darkness
A compelling crime drama and poignant love story about a devoted man who must confront the painful legacy of his war torn childhood when he is wrongfully accused of murder. Michael Kieh’s struggle to prove his innocence leads him on a charged journey that pitches the pursuit of justice and the search for love against the instinct for revenge.
Michael is the chief suspect in a murder at one of the world’s busiest airports where he is a full-time faith representative. A series of brief encounters with a soul mate has eased his loneliness and together they come close to uncovering a past major crime, but ultimately he chooses to protect a young witness who could prove his innocence.
When he was a child, Michael witnessed appalling abuses of power, including the killing of a missionary priest who refused to betray young Michael.
But there was a first love that he left behind in the brutal confusion of war. When she and Michael cross paths once more, they battle to prove his innocence in a foreign, hostile country.
Can they solve the mystery before it is too late?
A Burning in the Darkness is available for purchase here.
About AP McGrath
AP McGrath was born and grew up in Ireland. He now lives in London and works in TV. He is a single father with three beautiful children. He studied English and Philosophy and then post-graduate Film Studies.