Boyle author’s new book to be launched next Tuesday

The latest book by local author, John Mulligan, has been described as “a timely satire” set in the near future which is “written with devilish humour and wit”.

Publishers, Monument Media, confirmed that the novel – ‘Black Friday 13’ – will be released in September. The book will be launched in Boyle on Tuesday, July 19th next (see details below).

The book is set in 2030. A new pandemic is sweeping across America but the black population seems to have natural immunity to the virus. Slow-witted President Donald Daniels has ordered his team to urgently find a new vaccine, one that can be secretly added to the water supply to overcome a growing anti-vaccine sentiment.

In Boyle, Co. Roscommon, a small laboratory develops a vaccine, but one of the scientists has concerns about its remote potential to turn white-skinned people black. The concerns are ignored in the rush to get the product to market.

Meanwhile, Russian and American spies converge on Boyle to get their hands on the formula but the canny locals aren’t easily fooled.

In Russia, President Zhadnyy has stopped making public appearances and President Daniels has his suspicions.

John Mulligan is a multiple award-winning author, journalist, and newspaper columnist. His books include Dancing on the Waves (Collins Press), Following in the Footsteps of the Four Famous Flannerys, and No Place in the Sun, as well as The Book (written as ‘A Watcher’). He also writes a weekly column for the Roscommon Herald.

‘Black Friday 13’ will be formally launched by musician Charlie McGettigan during the Boyle Arts Festival. The launch will take place at 4 pm on Tuesday, July 19th at King House Tea Rooms.