Book, Crime, Mystery

Brian O’Hare’s Award Winning Police Procedural Series including The Trafficking Murders

The Trafficking Murders: 5th Volume of Award-Winning Police Procedural Series Highlights Global Human Trafficking Epidemic

After four award-winning volumes in his ‘The Inspector Sheehan Mysteries’ series, Brian O’Hare returns, this time as Chief Inspector Jim Sheehan and his Serious Crimes Unit at Belfast’s Strandtown Police Station turn their attention to the death of a beautiful young immigrant. A human trafficking ring has landed on their radar, as has a brutal killer simply known as ‘The Shadow’. It’s yet another intricate and intense novel from O’Hare, and one that will leave readers dumbfounded. 

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United Kingdom – The four existing volumes in ‘The Inspector Sheehan Mysteries’ series have solidified Brian O’Hare’s place in literary history. It’s a police procedural saga unlike anything ever written; a series where characters are deeply-woven and perfectly flawed, and the narratives are underpinned by issues affecting the real world.

In volume five, ‘The Trafficking Murders’, Chief Inspector Jim Sheehan and his team are faced with a crime that could be taking place in any large UK city. This may be fiction, but the book serves to highlight the very real human trafficking epidemic plaguing the planet.


Lin Hui and Cheung Mingzhu win scholarships to study at Queen’s University in Belfast. Alina Balauru departs a poor farm in Romania for well paid work in Northern Ireland. Three lives harbouring long-cherished dreams. Three lives headed for tragedy.

Sheehan and his Serious Crimes Unit discover the body of one of the young women in the garden of an upmarket residence. Confronted with violent Chinese racketeers, brutal human-traffickers and a fiendishly clever killer called The Shadow, they are baffled by a case that seems to lead in two entirely different directions.

Can they find out who The Shadow is in time to save the other two victims?

“Just like all of the other novels in the series, this one can be read as a complete standalone volume,” explains the author. “The series has gone on to win multiple awards, and I’ve built a loyal fan base who enjoy police procedurals that are perhaps a little more in-depth and real than most others on the shelves.”

Continuing, “Chief Inspector Jim Sheehan once again finds himself with a brutal case to solve, and one with very few clues. However, his tenacity and wit always lead him down the right path. But can they find the killer and stop him before he strikes again? If you want to find out, you’ll need to buy the book!”

Reviews have been extremely positive. Criminology author Olga Miret writes, “Although it is a work of fiction, it provides us with a powerful reminder of what everyday life is like for some people, even today. One of my favourite police procedural series.”

Laurent Duperval adds, “Someday we will speak of Brian O’Hare in the same breath as other great crime novelists, such as Michael Connelly, James Ellroy, and Jo Nesbo.”

‘The Trafficking Murders’ is available now:

Amazon UK
Amazon US

About the Author

Brian O’Hare, MA, Ph.D., is a retired assistant director of a large regional college of further and higher education. He is married and has three children, ten grandchildren, one great grandchild. He plays golf three times a week and does a lot of voluntary work. Any writing he has previously done was academic. Several articles in educational journals were followed by a number of book-length reports for the Dept. of Education and the University of Ulster.

Brian had a liver disease since childhood which resulted in him taking early retirement a number of years ago. In 2002 he had a liver transplant but is strong and healthy now. He continued academic writing well into his retirement and followed that with a memoir about his liver transplant, dealing with the physical, emotional and spiritual experiences that came from that period in his life.  A Spiritual Odyssey, published originally by Columba Press, Dublin, has recently been updated and re-published by Crimson Cloak. This was followed by a biography, The Miracle Ship. Both are available in various formats from Amazon as well as from Crimson Cloak Publishing.

A desire to write fiction led to a contemporary Irish novel, Fallen Men, but since his favourite reading genre is crime thrillers, he decided to write one for himself – The Doom Murders, a detective mystery inspired by an old 14th century painting of the Last Judgement. Brian’s publishers liked it and commissioned a series. In just a few years the series has now grown to five books, all of which (except the most recently published) have won literary awards: The Doom Murders, The 11:05 Murders, The Coven Murders, and The Dark Web Murders. The fifth volume, The Trafficking Murders, has only just been published (October 2020).

To launch the print version of The Doom Murders, CCP asked Brian to write some short stories, featuring Inspector Sheehan – Murder at  Loftus House, Murder at the Roadside Cafe, and Murder at the Woodlands Care Home. These are now available on Amazon in Kindle and print versions.

Crimson Cloak Publishing

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