The Kilkenny author writes his first novel, The Hurler


A writer from Kilkenny wrote his first novel, a psychological thriller, The Hurler.
Jack Talbot was born and raised in Kilkenny. He lived for some time in Australia, America and Europe before returning home to his native country. A carpenter by training, he has worked in clothing stores, bars and as a fitness instructor. This is his first novel.
“I have been an avid reader all my life and started to get interested in writing as a student, but life and work took over and the pen was cast aside. However, I continued to read avidly and found myself drawn to writing in my thirties – short stories, an unfinished novel attempt, and poems. I love the twists and turns of thrillers and I have always had an interest in sport, very often intrigued by the balance of power within large sports organizations. When the idea for this story hit me, it was like something clicked and down and here I am with my first published novel, ”he told The Kilkenny People.
The novel tells the story of the disappearance of a father and local pitcher Jim Rourke in Oldcastle. A troubled call from his wife sends Sergeant Britney Kent delving into her disappearance. At first, the incident is described as trivial by his colleagues. When another man is found murdered in a local hurling field, Britney is convinced there is a connection. The murder is closely followed by that of a major sports correspondent. With the victims piling up, Britney finds herself on the trail of the sadistic killer known only as “The Courier”.
However, as Britney digs deeper, it’s clear her interference with the investigation is unwelcome. Deep suspicions of corruption and criminal links are emerging. Britney wonders who she can trust. Is the killer really one of his own?
It is only by unraveling the connection between the pitcher, the criminal underworld, and corruption at the highest level that the killer will be revealed. But all is not what it seems. Time is running out, can Britney save this latest victim and, in so doing, save her career?
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