Dark Light by James Murphy


When a late night altercation on a Belfast mountaintop leads to murder, all the evidence points just one way.

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When a late night altercation on a Belfast mountaintop leads to murder, all the evidence points just one way. Boston. Faced with the news that the victim was likely Terror, Mark Shaw must grapple with events in his recent past that are a mystery even to him, in order to uncover the truth.
As the discovery of other bodies places the identity of the first victim in doubt, what begins as a holiday for Shaw and his family soon becomes a nightmare as events on either side of the Atlantic conspire to threaten their future and tear the very fabric of Farset Investigations apart.
With a team broken by their own actions and divided by those of others, they are far from prepared for what lies ahead, but face it they must. A sinister act of revenge from cult leader, The Prophet brings with it child abduction and tragedy, whilst new murders bearing links to Terror and his followers bring with them a shocking realisation with global ramifications.
In this, the chilling conclusion to the Terror trilogy, Mark Shaw must first heal his broken team before leading them through the most dangerous fight of their lives. A fight that will bring them directly back into the evil world of Terror and onto an inevitable collision course with cult religious group, The Enlightenment.
The question, will they be victorious and if so, at what cost?

About The Author
James Murphy is a Northern Irish writer working within the genre of Crime Fiction. His first novel in the Terror Trilogy, The Rise of Terror, was first published in 2016 and achieved a second print run with Excalibur Press in 2017, having been met with excellent reviews. James has since achieved Professional Membership Status with the Irish Writers Centre and teaches Crime Fiction Writing classes both online and present in person. The second book in the Terror Trilogy, The Terror Within was released in April 2019. It too was met with excellent reviews and further cemented James’ status as a writer of compelling and page turning crime fiction.

After obtaining a Single Honours English Degree from Queen’s University Belfast, he embarked on a teaching career, first entering the classroom just over 20 years ago. In the intervening years he has become a successful educationalist, holding the offices of Head of English Department, Vice Principal and School Principal along the way and guiding schools both in Northern Ireland and across the UK to leading edge status. Still working broadly within the field of education, he is now a member of the Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, helping to develop and support the teachers of the future. In addition to this role, James also holds active directorship of Merlin Arts CIC and The Northern Ireland Festival of Writing, where he and his co-founders work to improve the lives of others through the power of writing. It was after a visit to a Medium and a well-timed word from his wife that gave the west Belfast man the confidence to get writing, and he’s never looked back since.

This is the final book in the Terror Trilogy, Dark Light.

Cover design by Oranga Creative

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