"It was January. It was raining. The kid was dead..."
Dark Dawn (2012) and When Sorrows Come (2014) are the first two books in Matt Maguire's series of police procedurals set in post-ceasefire Belfast, featuring DS John O'Neill.
Originally from Belfast, McGuire is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Western Sydney in Australia.
His current research explores the role of literature in the aftermath of political conflict, with a focus on Northern Ireland in the wake of the Troubles.
He has published widely about Irish and Scottish literature, including Contemporary Scottish Literature (2009), and was editor of The Everyman Book of Irish Poems (2011).
Author on Twitter: @matt__mcguire