Crime book shortlisted for award
A BALBRIGGAN author who crossed the Atlantic to make the north Fingal town his home, has been shortlisted for the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year Award for his second novel, 'Irregulars'.
Balbriggan author, Kevin McCarthy (pictured) grew up in the United States but has made a home for himself and his family in Balbriggan where his writing career has blossomed.
The two-time author is delighted to be shortlisted for the award in a strong category in this year's prestigious Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards.
Reacting to the news, Kevin told the Fingal Independent: 'I'm absolutely shocked and delighted by the shortlisting. There are some great books on the list and I'm honoured to have Irregulars included among them.'
He added: 'One interesting thing about the shortlist is that, along with Irregulars, there are two other historical crime novels on the list.
'There seems to be a renaissance of sorts going on, in terms of the respect given to historical ficiton, and the number of writers, crime writers in particular, who are looking at Ireland in terms of its past as well as contemporary crimes.'
Some 13 years ago, Kevin and his wife, Regina, a native of Dublin, moved to Balbriggan and have put firm roots down in the town with both of their daughters born and raised Balbriggan natives.
In a converted attic in his Balbriggan home, Kevin writes his novels when he is not working at the day job as an educator in Oberstown in Lusk.
You can vote Kevin's book as your favourite of the shortlisted books for his year's award at http://www.irishbookawards.ie/2013-shortlist-ireland-am-crime-fiction-book-of-the-year/