A new thriller sets its final scenes in rural Donegal, thanks to some memorable weekends the author spent here 20 years ago.
“Incitement” by David Graham, has an international feel. The wild tale begins with a massacre at a Mexican heroin factory and leads to the hijacking of a Miami-bound ship carrying illegal drugs, the assassination of a Kosovar drug lord and a war between drugs superpowers. The main characters are Diane Mesi, marginalised DEA analyst; and Michael Larsen, Danish ex-soldier.
How does Donegal figure?
“Donegal is my favourite place in Ireland,” said David, a Dubliner. For his story he needed someplace remote and wanted someplace beautiful. “I’ve travelled somewhat extensively but Ireland wasn’t featured at all in the book otherwise, and I thought it would be nice to feature Ireland,” he said.
Earlier this year, “Incitement” topped 500 entries to win the competition sponsored by Kazoo independent publishing, the John Murray Show, RTÉ Radio One and the RTÉ Guide. David had written the manuscript a few years ago and when the competition came up, he thought it would be a waste not to enter; his wife encouraged him.
“I got a call to say I made the short list and I was really stunned but pleasantly surprised,” he said. “I think it was all the nicer because I didn’t expect it.”
David, 44, has been to Donegal many times, first as a child but most memorably in his early 20s. David and some friends in Dublin would “pool money together and get into an old, battered Toyota Corolla for an escape,” he recalled. “Donegal was our favourite.” One of the first places he brought his wife, Helene, was Gaoth Dobhair, in 1997. The couple have two children, Lucas, 8, and Ruben, 6.
David came to writing through his love of reading. When he lived in London he would be disappointed when his commute ended and he had to put down his book. That’s what he hopes “Incitement” gives readers.
“I’d like people to be told by their friends that it’s an exciting read and it’s entertaining, he said.
“Incitement” is available on Amazon and at independent book shops in Ireland.