Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Out of the Silence by Owen Mullen! My thanks to Emma Welton for the invitation to join. Owen joins us today to play a around of Dessert Island Must-Haves but first, let’s see what the book is all about.
| ABOUT THE BOOK |
Star investigative reporter Ralph Buchanan’s glory days are behind him. His newspaper has banished him to Pakistan, not knowing the greatest moment of his long career is waiting for him there.
When Simone Jasnin asks him to help expose a grave injustice, he finds himself embroiled in a harrowing tale that began in a dusty settlement in rural Punjab, setting in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of everyone involved.
Seven years later in the city of Lahore, members of a prominent family are being brutally murdered, one by one. The only clue is a hand-carved wooden bangle left at the scene of each crime.
As the list of suspects grows and the tension mounts, Ralph realises the answers might be closer to home than he ever thought possible.
Solving the mystery will put him back on top but at what cost?
Only when the smoke clears will the killing stop and honour be satisfied…
| GUEST POST |
My wife Christine set me this fun challenge… so I thought I’d share it with you.
Dessert Island Must Haves
You have been washed up on a desert island with no hope of rescue in the foreseeable future but before leaving the ship you have just enough time to grab 1 item from each of the following… Tell us what/who you would choose and why.
A Book – I suspect that being on a dessert island may not be all its cracked up to be, sure to be a few down days. And, as you’ve probably discovered, sand gets everywhere. With all of that going on I’m liable to need some spiritual uplifting. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho has helped me before and probably would again: a simple tale, simply told with a host of powerful messages on how to navigate the journey through life – and desert islands. Fantastic!
An Album – So many to choose from, but I’d go with something from a time when music was very important to me. I was still at school when The Beatles double album – sometimes called The White Album came out. And what an impression it made on me; great songs, too many to mention. Think I’ll put it on while I’m writing this. I remember teaching myself to play Blackbird in my lunchtime breaks and being over the moon when I got it.
A Film – Often comedy films don’t make me laugh. Having said that, probably my favourite film of all time is…As Good As It Gets. Jack Nicholson is always great but in this movie Helen Hunt, Cuba Gooding Junior and Greg Kinnear all give him a run for his money. The film manages to be cringe-worthy cruel, sad and laugh-out-loud funny. No wonder it won 2 Oscars. I’ve seen it a dozen times and if I see it another dozen that will be fine with me.
A fictional character – As a crime fiction writer I’m often asked who my favourite fictional character is and I always say Sherlock Holmes. However, old Sherlock would be heavy going on a desert island – out of his face on dope most of the time, because there would be no crimes to solve and he’s depressed. Then, when he gets started on his violin… couldn’t handle it. So who would I like to be there with me? No contest, Patrick Logue from the Charlie Cameron series. He would always make me laugh and if it turned out there were natives he’d soon be on first name terms. Might even keep us off the menu! Though I would have to keep my eye on him or he’d have the coconut milk out of my tea.
A luxury item – There would be plenty of time to kill so I’d take a guitar, I was always able to lose myself in music and I would maybe even discover that elusive 4th chord.
A photograph – I’d take the photograph I took of Christine a few days ago in Chania. She was looking wonderful, and I captured it.
A weapon – I’d take a machete because it could double as a tool. And if it turned out that there were natives and they weren’t friendly, they just might think twice before attacking a mad Scotsman wielding one of these – in my head I’m seeing Braveheart🤣
One useful item – I could imagine mosquito repellent just might come in handy, but I’d go for matches to keep that signal fire burning.
One food item – A big jar of curry powder for obvious reasons. Too long without a curry and I’d get withdrawal symptoms.
One drink item – Coffee, I’d definitely struggle without the bean! How could I possibly get into the day? I’d need to get used to no Stevia though; not looking forward to that.
One fun item – A football; nothing like a kick about on the beach!
I already got stuck on the first question 😂. Great answers, Owen! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing this wish us!
| ABOUT THE AUTHOR |
Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist.
Owen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; he still loves to perform on occasion. His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home in the Greek Islands where In Harm’s Way and the Charlie Cameron and Delaney series’ were created and written. His latest novel Out Of The Silence is a truly compelling thriller set in Pakistan.