The Strokestown launch of Eoghan Egan’s second crime thriller was performed by Roscommon People Editor and fellow author Paul Healy in the Percy French Hotel on Thursday night last.
The attendance was welcomed by Senator Eugene Murphy, who complimented Mr Egan on his success. The author is a native of Strokestown.
‘The Other Side of Fear’ is the second instalment in the Ganestown Trilogy, a crime fiction series set in the Irish Midlands. Eoghan released the first book in the series, ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’, in 2020, and has started work on the trilogy’s third and final instalment.
Eoghan’s stories have been shortlisted for the 2018 Bridport Short Story Prize and Listowel’s 2019 Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award Competition, as well as having been published in various anthologies.
Formally launching the book, Roscommon People Editor Paul Healy said that Eoghan Egan has “found his voice and found his place” and that his books will thrill readers.
Mr. Healy said that ‘The Other Side of Fear’ is fast-paced, very well written, and a thrilling follow-up to ‘Hiding In Plain Sight’.
Noting that writing can be a lonely pursuit – involving late nights, long hours and frustration too – Mr. Healy said that many people feel “compelled” to write and that it can be very rewarding.
“I am in awe of Eoghan’s journey…of his work rate, his persistence, his energy, his writing talent. The fact that, having self-published his first book, he has now attracted a publisher, speaks for itself. Crime thrillers are now the most popular genre in the world of books and it is wonderful that a Strokestown native is now making a name for himself in this field”.
Mr. Healy said he was really struck by the pace and suspense of ‘The Other Side of Fear’ and wasn’t surprised that the book was attracting very positive reviews. Congratulating Mr. Egan on his success, he said “you have done Strokestown, your family and yourself proud” and added that the local author is destined to write more books which will “thrill” readers for years to come.
Senator Murphy, MC on the evening, conducted a question and answer session with Eoghan Egan, with the author providing guests with fascinating insights into what inspires his writing (both of crime novels and short stories).
See www.eoghanegan.com for more.
SEE GALLERY OF IMAGES FROM THE LAUNCH NIGHT