The Castle, is the Prequal to The Father and is set in the largest Victorian psychiatric hospital in Europe, where long stay patients are being systematically murdered. Although thought to be suicides, where suicide is a common feature of psychiatric hospitals, not raising much concern by the ‘authorities’, Sean becomes suspicious over why so many patients are dying. Aided by some interesting patients, suffering mental illness themselves, Sean and his ‘cohorts’, set off on a journey to both find the killer and uncover the reasons why he is ‘culling’ members of the long stay patient population. The killer could be an overly ‘caring’ consultant, a charge nurse with a ‘psychotic’ need to dispose of people he sees as a drain on society, a psychopath patient known for attacking mentally ill people, or a member of the local community, who fearing the discharge of many patient into the community sees the patients as a threat to his family, or other characters as yet to be created! First Draft Progressing well!
Updated: Aug 24, 2021
An epic book, 465 pages in 4 parts, this is a classic crime drama. To read Killing the Father is to encapsulate everything in The Father, The Family and The Son.
Killing the Father is a classic crime thriller set in Gangland Glasgow. The Family, a collective of crime families, led by an unknown Father figure, carries out a series of murders. Two key suspects emerge: one, a previous Glasgow Godfather who became a celebrity author and the other, a Glasgow University professor with an interest in urban conflict. John Murphy, erstwhile psychosleuth, is ‘encouraged’ out of health retirement by his ex-wife, DCI Paula McInnes, who heads the investigation into the murders. They pursue this man who manipulates the Glasgow mob to do his killing. The kidnapping of a local PC and the threat of his murder brings together the mob and official forces, police and MI5, and politicians, national and local, to save his life. Can any of these bodies be trusted, however, where greed and a desire of power override an ordinary police officer’s right to survive?
Killing the Father is a strong psychological drama, spanning political, criminal and official divides. John Murphy must seek and destroy the Father. However, while suffering mental illness with godly delusions, he takes on the role himself, leading the Family down a different road, where the struggle between opposing forces of good and evil play out on the streets of Glasgow. Ultimately, Killing the Father, becomes an inevitable consequence. Meanwhile, McInnes breaks through that glass ceiling to become Assistant Chief Constable and emerges as a strong counter balance against the Glasgow mob. Can her professional boundaries, however, prevent her being drawn into the mob’s power dynamics.
Killing the Father is about power, the use and abuse of power, in one of the most incendiary cities in the world. The converging, evolving and shocking unexpected plot lines drive the novel in a breathless pursuit, delving into the depths of the human experience and psyche, towards a conclusion guaranteed to both shock and surprise.
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