A teacher from Preston is revealing the grittier side to the city in his latest crime novel.Advertisement
Mark Tierney’s detective DI Michael Traynor returns for a second story set in Preston.
A Tree Born Crooked follows a police investigation into Gorpewood House, a brutal and cruel children’s home.
The opening to Mark’s book takes place in Preston Bus Station and he says the city has inspired him in many ways.
The Ribbleton-born author said: “The first book in the DI Traynor series, Jubilee, was set as Preston was about to lose its moniker as England’s newest city, and saw the detective revisit a decade-old murder case.
“It was an Amazon best seller, regularly being in the top 100 of the Crime Fiction chart, and at one point gaining the number 1 spot. It has sold throughout the world. I was completely blown away by the response to it.
“Preston is a major character in my books, but the Preston I write about sits somewhere between truth and fiction.
“I use a mixture of real and ficticious locations, in a similar vain to how Ian Rankin writes about Edinburgh. To me it is important that the readers who are familiar with the city recognise the locations used and feel like they can relate to what is happening there, but I don’t want to be restricted by geography and town planning if the story needs two places to be closer than they actually are in real life.
“Detective Inspector Michael Traynor is a flawed character but one with the best of intentions. He is in the same vein as Billingham’s Thorne, James’ Grace, and Rankin’s Rebus, but his relationship with the city and those around him, round him off into a character in his own right. People seem to find him fascinating, with several readers having told me that they have developed romantic crushes on him. I find that really weird but each to their own, I suppose.”
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Tierney, 36, teaches Religious Education at Cardinal Newman College and lives in Leyland with his wife and daughter.
You can order the book via Amazon.
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