A vicious serial killer roams the Irish Midlands… with his sights set on the next victim. A successful businessman has found the perfect recipe for getting away with murder. No bodies, no evidence. No evidence, no suspect.High art and low morals collide when graduate Sharona Waters discovers a multi-million euro art scam in play. She delves in, unwittingly putting herself on a direct trajectory with danger as the killer accelerates his murder spree. When Sharona gets drawn into the killer’s orbit, she peels away his public persona and exposes the psychopath underneath. Suddenly, the small town has no hiding place…
Hiding in Plain Sight by Eoghan Egan
Irish Midlands. January 2019.
ADAM STYNE, art dealer by day, serial killer by night, buries his latest victim on an isolated farm and focuses on his next prey, CIARA MCGUIRE.
Ciara’s father, Charlie, runs a hardware business that’s facing bankruptcy, and his son owes money to a loan shark. When the loan shark demands full repayment of the gambling debt, Charlie doesn’t have the cash, but consents to his extrovert brother-in-law, FERDIA HARDIMAN, settling the debt. Charlie offers recently redundant sales manager HUGH FALLON a part-time position in his business, hoping a solid influence will steady his wayward son. Hugh has his own troubles. His relationship is on the rocks and his mother has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. These personal issues sets him on a downward spiral.
In Belfast, Hugh’s friend, art graduate SHARONA WATERS, is helping a wealthy widow track a mislaid painting, and discovers a multi-million euro art scam, perpetrated by Adam Styne’s colleague, is in play, and unwittingly places herself on a direct trajectory with deadly danger.
Styne’s first face-to-face meeting with Ciara McGuire doesn’t go as planned. He follows her home, abducts and murders her. Next day, after a colleague has been arrested for art fraud, Styne blames Sharona Waters for meddling and potentially ruining both his business and reputation, putting everything he has worked for in jeopardy. He decides she’ll be next to die.
Hugh and Sharona are having a phone conversation when Styne looms outside Sharona’s door. Hugh picks up a few garbled words when Sharona screams the art dealer’s name, and he rushes to his friend’s rescue. A car chase ensues across the Midlands. At Styne’s farm, Hugh walks into a trap and is knocked out. He regains consciousness as Styne prepares to kill Sharona. When a sliver of opportunity materialises, Hugh seizes an advantage, and with the certain knowledge of death if he fails, he manages to turn the tables and save Sharona from the psychopath’s clutches.
Ciara’s disappearance causes panic within the rural community, but Ferdia is convinced the loan shark has kidnapped her as collateral against the unpaid debt. He goes after the money lender and fights three thugs, before accepting they’re not responsible, fully aware now, there’ll be consequences down the line for his knee-jerk reaction.
Sharona’s role in unravelling the art swindle leads to a new career – a TV station offers her the position of investigative reporter.
With a potential new relationship brewing, and a full-time position at McGuire’s on offer, Hugh’s management skills will help pull the ailing company from insolvency. Although his mother’s health deteriorates, he gives himself an opportunity to build a new life.
Under twenty-four guard, Adan Styne overhears he’ll be transferred to a psychiatric hospital. The predator plots ways to outwit psychiatrists, beat the system and gain retribution on Hugh and Sharona.
About the Author
A native of Co. Roscommon, Eoghan studied Computer Programming in college, works in Sales Management & Marketing, but his passion for reading and writing remains.
Eoghan’s work got shortlisted for the 2018 Bridport Short Story Prize, and Listowel’s 2019 Bryan McMahon Short Story Award Competition. His novel was a contender in literary agent David Headley’s opening chapter Pitch Competition, and during March 2019, Eoghan’s entry won Litopia’s Pop-Up Submission.
A graduate of Maynooth University’s Creative Writing Curriculum, and Curtis Brown’s Edit & Pitch Your Novel Course, Eoghan’s novel Hiding in Plain Sight – the first in a crime fiction trilogy based around the Irish Midlands – will be available in paperback and audio on January 11th 2020.