Pat Mullan

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Clifden, Connemara, Ireland
About Me:
I am a writer and my novels, THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL and CREATURES OF HABIT are presently under contract to Author Rights Agency.


"A high-powered legal thriller chocked full of betrayal, deceit, corruption, and murder. Mullan is Ireland's answer to John Grisham, with a smattering of Ross MacDonald thrown in. THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL will make your head spin."
JA Konrath, author of RUSTY NAIL

“Pat Mullan’s latest, THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL, is a razor blade down the spine. So fast-paced, expect whiplash. This is Irish noir with a hero whom you’ll want at your back in any gunfight. Grab a copy and clear your schedule!”
James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of BLACK ORDER

“THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL is a tight, intelligent thriller. Author Pat Mullan blends political intrigue and murder with a unique Irish flavor that goes down smooth. His hero, Ed Burke, is striking – almost an anti-hero in some respects. To unravel the deception and save himself, Burke must test old friendships, and determine who to trust in an Ireland changed by the Celtic Tiger. Mullan writes suspense with an edge reminiscent of Bob Ludlum. An author to watch.”
Cerri Ellis, Mostly Mystery Reviews

“Pat Mullan is a natural born storyteller with a gripping, engaging style. He may just be the next big thing in Irish crime fiction.”
Jason Starr, author of LIGHTS OUT

“THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL bristles with ingenuity, and a plot to kill for … this is a thriller of such high caliber that it transcends all genres … has all the Irish gifts: dizzy narrative, sly humor, and marvelous readability. It rocks!"
Ken Bruen, Edgar and Macavity Award winning author of THE GUARDS.

The Root of All Evil

Burned-out lawyer Ed Burke flees New York, a failed marriage, and a high pressure career as a criminal attorney and returns home to Dublin, Europe’s most happening city.

Hand-in-hand with the new prosperity, a culture of ruthless corruption has taken root and threatens to pervade the highest levels of government in Celtic Tiger Ireland and the EU.

Ed’s new job, defending a prominent developer in a tribunal investigating the rezoning of prime residential property, draws him into the world of Ireland’s elite movers and shakers who will stop at nothing to achieve their aims. He is also drawn into a passionate affair with an old flame, Pia, now the glamorous wife of a corrupt and powerful political leader.

As his infatuation turns into love, Pia is murdered in his own bed, and Ed has no doubt that her heartless, power-hungry husband is behind this murder.

Edmund Burke’s quest to avenge Pia and free himself from a troubled past becomes an adrenaline-pumping race to save Ireland from the grip of a cabal of corrupt power brokers.

He must find his way through a tangled web of lies, deceit and murder as he matches his wits against the Machiavellian schemes of the rich, the famous and the powerful who seek to mould the future of Europe and the West.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
That's an impossible question. Everything from Turgenev to Joyce to Steinbeck. Just finished Robert Liparulo's GERM and Ken Bruen's AMERICAN SKIN. I'm currently reading Doug Preston & Lincoln Childs BOOK OF THE DEAD. Waiting to be read on my shelves: Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD, Robert Gregory Browne's KISS HER GOODBYE, Michael Collins' THE SECRET LIFE OF E.ROBERT PENDLETON, Tess Gerritsen's THE MEPHISTO CLUB, David Hewson's THE SEVENTH SACRAMENT, Marcus Sakey's THE BLADE ITSELF. I know, I know, overbalanced with crime, suspense, and thrillers. Ask me again in the future and my list may swing in the opposite direction.

And, of course, I am never far away from a book of poetry. My shelves are alive with the poetry of Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Paul Muldoon, Paul Durcan, W.B.Yeats, Theodore Roethke, W.S.Merwin, Galway Kinnell, James Dickey, Dan Masterson, Yevgeny Yevtushenko …

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  • Leann Sweeney

    Hi Pat,
    Love the BBC and of course the Sweeney names comes from my husband, but I'm a Hart and have plenty of Irish on my own. In fact my brand new granddaughter arrived with red hair, surprising the hell out of my son and his wife. Didn't surprise me at all!!
  • robert walker

    Hello Pat and Family --
    Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. Just wanted to stop by and say thanks once more for being Pat Mulan.

    Take care,
  • Mike MacLean

    Had to look up "slan go foill." Both my parents were half Irish, but Gaelic still sounds like an alien language to me. Thanks for the welcome. Hope everything is good on your side of the world.