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Book Description

The Doom Murders by Brian O'Hare

The Indie Book of the Day for 9th of March, 2014!

Genre: Literary, Mystery

Prominent figures in Belfast are being murdered. The bodies are left naked and posed in grotesquely distorted shapes. No clues are left at the forensically immaculate crime scenes except odd theatrical props and some random numbers and letters concealed at each scene by the killer. How are the victims linked? What is the connection between these killings, the bible, and a famous mediaeval painting of The Last Judgement? 

Novelist and screenwriter (Film and TV) Eugene Fournier has this to say about The Doom Murders:  A disturbingly deep and satisfying Irish novel that pretends to be just an intriguing murder mystery set in Belfast. Despite its dark topic and the gruesome series of almost medieval killings that form its backbone, The Doom Murders surprises the reader with its wonderfully warm yet constricted microcosm of police and crime scenes, victims and suspects. Everything is drawn with an acerbic pen – whether it’s the city, its institutions, or the gaggle of fascinating characters that populate the novel – all are at once engaging and, at the same time, flawed….but everything is authentic and thoroughly Irish… The serial crimes are thought-provoking, the clues make sense and the motivations ring true and all is resolved in a very satisfying manner. 

The Chief Inspector, Jim Sheehan, is drawn so deftly and with such genuineness, you can feel him breathing…The give-and-take at the macabre crime scenes between himself, his investigators, and the quirky state forensic pathologist are off-beat and refreshing – not to mention, oddly funny… The internal struggles of the main character are the heart of the novel. Chief Inspector Sheehan’s personal journey is what sets this murder mystery apart and, in my opinion, sets it above its genre.

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Book Insight


  • File Size: 520 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brian O’Hare; 2 edition (September 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AL4LI24
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled

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Brian O’Hare, MA, Ph.D., is a retired assistant director of a large regional college of further and higher education. Married, three children, ten grandchildren, one great grandchild. He plays golf three times a week off a ten handicap and does a lot of voluntary work. Any writing he has previously done was academic…very much restricted to a very specific readership. Several articles in educational journals were followed by a number of book-length reports for the Dept. of Education and the University of Ulster.

He has also written an interesting biography of a man who daily performs amazing miracles of healing…The Miracle Ship. That is currently available in Amazon’s Kindle bookstore. Hopefully those who read it will spread the word and write reviews to help John’s message to reach the hearts of many, many people.

Brian had a liver disease since childhood which resulted in him taking early retirement a number of years ago. In 2002 he had a liver transplant but is strong and healthy now. He continued to do academic writing well into his retirement and followed that with a memoir about his liver transplant, dealing with the physical, emotional and spiritual experiences that came from that period in his life (A Spiritual Odyssey, published by Columba Press, Dublin).


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