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The Father ➸ The Father Download ➿ Author Tom O. Keenan – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Set in Glasgow, The Father is the critically acclaimed debut novel of Tom O Keenan featuring forensic profiler Sean Rooney Set in Glasgow, The Father is the critically acclaimed debut novel of Tom O Keenan featuring forensic profiler Sean Rooney.


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  1. Liz Barnsley Liz Barnsley says:

    So The Father turned into a pretty good crime story but for me I struggled with the first part, the use of language and the flow took a bit of getting used to This was down to the main protagonist Sean Rooney having mental issues he maintains an inner dialogue that I found hard to follow until I was used to it Once we had passed that point though, it was excellent dark, disturbing and very compelling, with a hard literary edge that served the tale and the characters within extremely well So The Father turned into a pretty good crime story but for me I struggled with the first part, the use of language and the flow took a bit of getting used to This was down to the main protagonist Sean Rooney having mental issues he maintains an inner dialogue that I found hard to follow until I was used to it Once we had passed that point though, it was excellent dark, disturbing and very compelling, with a hard literary edge that served the tale and the characters within extremely well Sean was a deeply emotional and well drawn person to take this journey with one thing that impressed me a lot was how the author tackled his issues and allowed them to be front and centre giving an authentic and honest look at how his particular medical problem manifests Not feeling the need to play down that side of Sean meant that the whole thing had an added realistic flavour and made the whole tale utterly fascinating.The mystery element is intelligently done, violent yes, but also highly engaging, the first little issue I had with it aside, it was a real page turner.Overall then a great addition to the genre a thriller with heart and ultimately an extremely satisfying read.Happy Reading Folks


  2. Col Col says:

    Synopsis blurb..Shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger, 2014 Mental illness, alcohol abuse, and the tedium of pursuing typical killers, leave Sean Rooney a pathetic man, a failed forensic profiler, a bit of a loser and definitely retired DCI Jacqueline Kaminski has other ideas Faced with a multiple murder and some headless corpses she needs Rooney back on the case A wonderful and gritty debut novel Torquil MacLeod Scottish noir at its best The Crack My take.Well Synopsis blurb..Shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger, 2014 Mental illness, alcohol abuse, and the tedium of pursuing typical killers, leave Sean Rooney a pathetic man, a failed forensic profiler, a bit of a loser and definitely retired DCI Jacqueline Kaminski has other ideas Faced with a multiple murder and some headless corpses she needs Rooney back on the case A wonderful and gritty debut novel Torquil MacLeod Scottish noir at its best The Crack My take.Well it s fair to say, I m not in agreement with the two reviewers above The Father was not a book that worked out well for me.I think my main difficulties stemmed from my inability to find any redemptive qualities in the main characters charged with restoring order and capturing, or at least stopping our killer.We had Rooney, a retired profiler and ex husband of Jackie Kaminski, the lead detective for our opening murders I could possibly spend a week, listing what was irritating, unlikeable or downright annoying about these two individually and collectively, both in and out of the workplace If you re interested in reading about a man, with an inner voice carrying on a constant monologue with himself, whilst endeavouring to drink himself unconscious, before waking up the following day after having soiled himself, and then setting out pretty much to do the same thing all over again this might be the book for you.The ex wife wasn t much better This dysfunctional and less than dynamic duo were charging around Glasgow tasked with bringing the controlling and manipulative evil genius who was killing off various targets by proxy down.We had plenty of murders throughout, we knew who the killer was maybe halfway through the book The double act knew who the killer was halfway through the book and he was allowed to carry on, after having been in custody Sorry just didn t work for me at all.And the rationale for the killings Unconvincing for me Messages in Latin, a history lesson regarding ancestors and land clearances.zzzzThe difficulty reading, if you don t empathise with the good guys and you haven t got an emotional investment in the victims, nothing particularly matters I did like the Glasgow setting and the involvement of Glasgow s criminal families in the tale Rooney s jaunt to France to observe the parents of our guilty party, provided some temporary respite from the constant pattern of drink, self analysis and self loathing and arguments with the ex wife as we trundled towards the conclusion A few bits that didn t make sense to me something about a photograph and something at the very end, which if people were minded to do, could in my opinion have been done much earlier on and to someone else and we could have all been let out of jail 100 pages earlier.In places the writing was thoughtful and considered and made me pause..Rooney is drinking.All of this is conducive to his self abuse, his self destruction by drink He loathes himself, and drink takes him to places he doesn t want to go, but can t stay away from.his mind What do I see What am I A mental illness An alcohol abuse A destroyed self, he says to the bottle What a pathetic fool I am A dark book, maybe a Marmite book either you love it or hate it I claim to be a fan of darker books, but not this one Usually, a way for me of judging my enjoyment is asking myself whether I would want to readfrom the author..probably not, if it features Sean Rooney again A tougher question, if our characters wererelatable.Tom O Keenan has his website here.https www.tom odgen keenan.co.uk 2 from 5Paul D Brazill like this one a lotthan me His thoughts are here.http pauldbrazill.com 2015 04 20 reKeith Nixon ditto, but not as much as PDB Here.http www.crimefictionlover.com 2015Thanks to the publishers, McNidder Grace for my copy.http col2910.blogspot.co.uk 2015 04


  3. Keith Nixon Keith Nixon says:

    Sean Rooney is as much of a mess it s possible for a person to be That he s not a corpse is a miracle in itself He used to be a forensic profiler, but a life pursuing psychopathic killers took its toll and he quietly retired Now he s trying to drink himself into an early grave But DCI Jacqueline Kaminski, an ex flame of Rooney s, isn t willing to accept his disappearance from the investigative world.When Kaminski is faced with a multiple murder on her patch in Glasgow she calls on Rooney s Sean Rooney is as much of a mess it s possible for a person to be That he s not a corpse is a miracle in itself He used to be a forensic profiler, but a life pursuing psychopathic killers took its toll and he quietly retired Now he s trying to drink himself into an early grave But DCI Jacqueline Kaminski, an ex flame of Rooney s, isn t willing to accept his disappearance from the investigative world.When Kaminski is faced with a multiple murder on her patch in Glasgow she calls on Rooney s expertise A group of decapitated corpses have been discovered on a hillside, all members of the same family An old woman has survived just barely and Kaminski wants Rooney to speak to her But Rooney comes with extra baggage in the form of his mental issues He has an inner voice which he communicates with in an effort to solve the crimes As the continue to pile up Rooney notices a connection between them The dead are accompanied by Latin words which, when put together, appear to form a message for the police.But can Rooney and Kaminski decipher the clues before it s too late This is a powerful, well written story that doesn t shy away from facing some difficult issues First and foremost is Rooney and his problems He s a total screw up and drinks to excess He loses whole days to hangovers Keenan doesn t shy away from portraying his alcoholism and the implications of his behavior Rooney and Kaminski once had a fling, and again the author is willing to dig around in the wreckage that remains with them But it is hard to like the characters in The Father any of them Their good points are few and far between So why root for them, other than wanting to see the killer put away Throughout Rooney maintains a dialogue often out loud with his inner voice This is interesting and unusual in itself, but unfortunately this leads to quite a lot of confusion and distraction, particularly in the early pages where the plot is settling down Often there are three or four way discussions underway and it s not always clear who s speaking The inner voice is set in italics, so at least that s obvious, but it s hard to tell when Rooney or Kaminski and their other colleagues are talking It takes a lot of working out.However, later these interjections dramatically reduce in frequency and it becomesstraightforward and easier to read The inner voice eventually becomes an extra character who adds to, rather than distracts from, the flow The narrative is all written in present tense Theoretically this approach lends an element of pace, but for some reason it doesn t feel right with this story.It seems clear that the author has put heart and soul into writing and polishing this novel Tom O Keenan is clearly talented The Father was shortlisted for a CWA debut dagger which says something for his talent but the narrative sometimes comes over as slightly tight, a little forced It s as though he s trying a little too hard, under pressure to get the story perfect.All in all The Father is a decent read, after a challenging start, from a promising and talented writer.Originally reviewed for Crime Fiction Lover


  4. Paul Brazill Paul Brazill says:

    The Father, Tom O Keenan s debut novel, is an odd hybrid of the police procedural, noir, Brit Grit, black comedy and political thriller.the father 2Set in an almost futuristic, dystopian Glasgow, The Father s protagonist Sean Rooney is a messed up alcoholic shrink who is dragged into a murder investigation by his ex wife, DCI Kaminski Broody and contrarian, Rooney is the sort of person who would cut off his face to spite his nose and makes Tony Black s Gus Dury look like Dr Phil.The twist to t The Father, Tom O Keenan s debut novel, is an odd hybrid of the police procedural, noir, Brit Grit, black comedy and political thriller.the father 2Set in an almost futuristic, dystopian Glasgow, The Father s protagonist Sean Rooney is a messed up alcoholic shrink who is dragged into a murder investigation by his ex wife, DCI Kaminski Broody and contrarian, Rooney is the sort of person who would cut off his face to spite his nose and makes Tony Black s Gus Dury look like Dr Phil.The twist to this particular noir tale, though, is that Rooney has a voice in his head, who acts as a sort of stroppy Greek chorus and even narrates the tale Indeed, the running dialogues between Rooney and, well, Rooney give a lot of the humour to a twisty crime story which very quickly spirals into am high octane and over the top thriller.The mixture of introspective noir and action movie is a tricky balancing act but one that Tom O Keenan pulls off and makes The Father a very interesting read indeed


  5. Maureen McGarry-O& Maureen McGarry-O& says:

    From the very first sentence there is no mistake, you are in the dark and dangerous underworld of Glasgow where, if ye pit wan fit wrang pal, yir gonnae git yir heid kicked in The protaginist of the tale is an unlikely hero to the nth degree, an alcoholic in the latter stages of the disease whose closest companion is the voice in his head His companion comments and advises as the story progresses The hero hangs onto his sanity by his fingernails Exaggeration for shock value Nae chance From the very first sentence there is no mistake, you are in the dark and dangerous underworld of Glasgow where, if ye pit wan fit wrang pal, yir gonnae git yir heid kicked in The protaginist of the tale is an unlikely hero to the nth degree, an alcoholic in the latter stages of the disease whose closest companion is the voice in his head His companion comments and advises as the story progresses The hero hangs onto his sanity by his fingernails Exaggeration for shock value Nae chance Glasgow crime written by one with a deep knowledge and understanding of the depths to which humanity can sink


  6. BookwormDH BookwormDH says:

    This book blew me away An outstanding and unique piece of crime writing Very dark deep, but so much dark humour Sean is a troubled man Alcohol dependency, and suffering from mental illness But there is no stopping the guy Genius writing, and looking forward toThis book blew me away An outstanding and unique piece of crime writing Very dark deep, but so much dark humour Sean is a troubled man Alcohol dependency, and suffering from mental illness But there is no stopping the guy Genius writing, and looking forward to


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