Simon Maltman: Witness

How have things come to this?

Lord is this your will?

Pastor Tom has a past. Many do in East Belfast post-Troubles. Sure there’d been times he’d been called upon to inflict a ‘punishment beating.’

But that’s all behind him. Has been for years. He lives the straight life now with his lovely wife and sweet daughter.

This is not a show. This was not act. This is who he now was.

He ministers to his flock and is good at it. Yes, Pastor Tom has built a brand-new life.

There is that money problem though. A grand plan of a community center to bring the youth, Protestant and Catholic, together. To build bridges and foster harmony.

It’s all part of God’s plan. He has it covered.

Tom reaches out to his Uncle Paul whom he abandoned as part of his past. Paul is amenable but of course…there are always strings attached.

‘How had I become involved in this? How can I go on now?’

This is the book you’ve been waiting for to perk-up your reading. Well developed characters, tension building plot, and knowing, really knowing, that’s all going to hell in a handbasket.

~ June Lorraine

Simon Maltman is the ‘Irish Noir’ author of novels, novellas and short stories. His recent books include ‘Witness’ and ‘The Mark.’ An Amazon Bestseller, he also splits his time working as a musician and as a tour guide on his ‘Belfast Noir’ tour. He lives in County Down with his wife and two daughters.

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  1. Whoa – this sounds engrossing. I haven’t read much current Irish fiction, I realized, and I hope to order this at the library.

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  2. Love, love, love the tagline!


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