Declan "Mac" MacManus
Created by D. Daniel Judson
Depressed, brooding self-destructive
DECLAN "MAC" MacMANUS is circling the drain, a piss-poor
part-time peeper living in a shabby apartment above a bar in oh-so-trendy
Southampton, New York. His best friends are Eddie, a Jamaican
cabbie and Augie Haskell, a disgraced DEA agent slowly trying
to recuperate from injuries suffered when he took on a a drug
In his first appearance, The Bone Orchard (2002) , Augie
is taken on by slick private eye Frank Gannon, who then decides
to hire Mac as well, to keep an eye on Augie, who's still not
a hundred percent. Working a domestic case, the pair witness a
bizarre single-car accident. Investigating the fatal crash, Mac
and Auggie follow a trail that seemingly leads to a murder conspiracy
and a widespread corruption scandal that may rip the lid off their
smalltown, and will definitely change Mac's (and Auggie's) lives
A prequel of sorts, The Poisoned Rose, is already out,
as you read this.
Pump it up.
- "... all I can say is that Joe
Kurtz, the protagonist of Dan Simmons' Hard Freeze,
is a mere girly-boy compared to Declan MacManus of The Bone
Orchard. MacManus absorbs more punishment in about ten pages
of the book than Mike Hammer
in his entire career. After that, things really get rough for
him. If Simmons' book was over the top, this one's out there
in the stratosphere."
- "(The Bone Orchard) is wonderfully written (and)
the character of Mac is poignantly painted. It makes your heart
ache to look at his lonely life. He has deliberately removed
himself from participating in the world in a kind of self-exile,
but yet he shows an unwavering loyalty to the people he cares
about... I predict a long and successful career for Judson. He
has the rare ability to establish a mood and develop memorable
characters within a complex and involving plot. This is an impressive
debut novel and one that I enjoyed very much.
(Maddy Van Hertbruggen)
- "A vivid cast of characters and a frightening plot packed
with dead bodies combine to make Judson's atmospheric debut thriller
one of the year's more memorable reads... Judson's plot is packed
with intrigue, and his telling of the story most of which takes
place during the hours between dusk and dawn is brilliant. Using
sparse language to create lush, cinematic images, Judson transforms
his colorful yet generally unlikable characters into empathetic
creatures. What's more, the story unfolds slowly and beautifully,
revealing critical character details only when the plot demands
them. A dark tapestry of life gone mad in a trendy Hamptons summer
town, this promising debut is ripe for a big-screen adaptation.
- "... this is a great hardboiled debut with a noir atmosphere.
Trust me, try this one."
(Gary Warren Niebuhr)
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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