Derek Farrell has, since childhood, told stories.
Of course, back then they were called lies, and usually got him in to trouble, but today, his debut novel – a contemporary mystery story called Death of a Diva – is entertaining people from Kansas to Crawley.
The book features his wonderfully human detective Danny Bird, and it’s been described as “Like The Thin Man meets Will & Grace via Ab Fab. In Southwark.” It’s published by the hottest new Publisher in crime, Fahrenheit Press.
Derek grew up in a small terrace close to the Guinness brewery in Dublin’s Liberties neighbourhood, where the smell of roasting hops alternated with the yeasty fermentation of the mash, and the cry of the seagulls was interrupted occasionally by the snorting of an escaped cow on the rampage from the abattoir at the bottom of the street.
Since leaving Dublin, his jobs have included: Burger dresser, Bank teller, David Bowie’s paperboy, and eventually Investment Banker on the 70th floor of the World Trade Centre. Time in high finance, has given him an opportunity to observe people, to understand the persuasive power of language and to develop an insight into the workings of the criminal mind, whilst allowing him to live and work in Hong Kong, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Prague and London.
And all the time, he’s been telling stories.