He’s back! Ireland’s favourite eccentric private eye Inky Black is set to return in a series of e-book and paperback adventures featuring his Girl Friday Maggie and sidekick Barry Briggs, together with a motley collection of clients, criminals, heroes and villains.
Inky has already featured in a number of short stories which saw him make his way from facing near-bankruptcy in his grubby, run-down detective agency in Belfast’s East Side, with few case and fewer prospects, to the relative security of running a successful and expanding business.
Okay, he still sees himself as a righter of wrongs and defender of the downtrodden. He still favours a battered old Fedora and trench coat which he adopts as a rather childish tribute to his beloved black-and-white detective and gangster movies of the Thirties and Forties, when real stars like Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Cagney, Paul Muni, George Raft, Edward G Robinson and Pat O’Brien held sway.
He tends to lapse into a soft Jimmy Stewart drawl when he gets too involved in a case, but somehow he does get results and his case-load keeps growing.
Thanks to his assistant Barry, he is gradually coming to terms with the needs of a detective in the modern world and is appreciating the value of computers and search engines and filing systems as useful tools of the trade. A big part of him though still harks back to the days and methods of his hero Sherlock Holmes, the greatest fictional detective of them all. “It’s elementary, my dear Barry,” he will say. “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, hosever improbable, must lead to the solution.”
We hope you will enjoy following Inky as he:–
Takes on the Chicago Mafia to save a rising baseball star.
Turns a murder trial on its head to secure justice.
Helps an old police friend to find his runaway daughter.
Encounters romance in the most unlikely place.
Allows his assistant, Barry Briggs, to solve a case on his own.
Tracks down a valuable family heirloom.
Demonstrates that Sherlock Holmes’ methods still work today.
And much, much more . . .
The Case Files of Inky Black—tales of Ireland’s eccentric Private Eye—is available in paperback and e-book on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. See the author’s website for more details.
Other books by this author:–
DEADLINE TO DANGER A young reporter sets out to solve his father’s murder and himself becomes a target.