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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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Impressions from ThrillerFest 2008

My wife, Jean, travelled with me to ThrillerFest in New York in July and she wrote this article for our local newspaper, Connemara View

Impressions from ThrillerFest 2008

By Jean Mullan

We arrive to a fanfare of police sirens and an intense gaggle of security men at the entrance of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in midtown Manhattan. As we descend from the taxi on to the red carpet it slowly dawns on us that this welcoming committee is not for the Connemara… Continue

Posted on September 10, 2008 at 10:26pm

The KINDLE Revolution

The KINDLE Revolution

By Pat Mullan

Kindle: to set alight or start to burn; to arouse or be aroused; to make or become bright - from Old Norse Kynda, influenced by Old Norse Kyndill (Candle).

It’s winter time here in Connemara, time to be indoors with a good book, time to gather around the fire these evenings and watch the flames from the wood kindling ignite the turf and fill our…


Posted on December 24, 2007 at 2:54am

IRELAND - Clifden Arts Week 2007

IRELAND - Clifden Arts Week 2007 Clifden Arts Week 2007 20-30 September -

Celebrating 30 Years of Clifden Community Arts Week 1977 - 2007

If you're in Ireland this month you will NOT want to miss Arts Week in Clifden. Go to the website and take a look; you won't want to miss: Christy Moore, the Dubliners, Altan, Mary O'Malley, Desmond Hogan, ..Argentinian poets Gerardo Gambolini and Jorge Fondebrider, Carol Anne Duffy, Tony Curtis, Shaun Griffin from Nevada, Michael…


Posted on September 12, 2007 at 10:35pm

A brief update on my recent travels and appearances

I attended the LOVE IS MURDER conference in Chicago on February 4 - 6, 2005, where I was a guest and panellist. My novel The CIRCLE of SODOM received two nominations: one for Best First Novel and one for Best Suspense Thriller. I was on a number of panels and spoke to various groups. I also…

Posted on April 5, 2007 at 6:49am

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At 2:28pm on August 13, 2009, Mike MacLean said…
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.
At 5:10am on September 1, 2008, robert walker said…
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,
At 12:30am on January 17, 2008, Leann Sweeney said…
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!!
At 4:20pm on January 1, 2008, Elizabeth Zelvin said…
New York's my favorite town too, Pat. Just got home from dinner, a movie, and fireworks in Central Park at midnight--all in walking distance from home. Not sure if I'll be in town for Thrillerfest--I might still be on the road with my book tour for Death Will Get You Sober. :)
At 2:16am on December 24, 2007, Pat Mullan said…
As we say in my own Irish language:

Le gach dea-ghui i gcomhair na Nollag is na h-athbhliana
(with all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year)

Slan, Pat.
At 12:45am on October 28, 2007, Patricia Gulley said…
Thanks for the welcome Pat, we Pats gotta stick together.
At 5:32am on September 23, 2007, Penny Rudolph said…
Well Pat,That just goes to show how lousy I am about names and even faces. Or maybe I've just been on too many panels. Best of luck to you!
At 3:21am on September 12, 2007, Penny Rudolph said…
Hi Pat, I am so pleased to meet you. With my 2nd and 3rd books (one contemporary, one historical, both mystery/thrillers) just out this month I'm sorta meeting myself coming and going, so I was a little slow to respond. I like the description of THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL. The "Machiavellian schemes" sound way too realistic these days.

I love Ireland and the Irish. Visited there some years ago. I hope the booming economy hasn't spoiled it.

Do you know Warren Murphy, the Destroyer series author? You should. You even look a bit like him. (Sorry to make the post so long, can you tell I'm part Irish?)
At 1:06pm on September 11, 2007, Dave Zeltserman said…
Pat, thanks about Hardluck. 6 months still before Small Crimes is out in the UK.--Dave
At 11:52am on September 9, 2007, Tony Berry said…
Good to hear from you, Pat. yes, let's be friends. Already I am envious - a third novel! I've almost finished my second - but neither has found a publisher. We have only 12 literary agents in Australia and six of those concentrate on non-fiction. The other six seem to be happy to coast along with their lists of established writers, so it ain't easy acting on the advice to "get yourself an agent". But I'm plugging away. We have just fionished wallowing in 10 days of the Melbourne Writers' Festival which, like most festivals, had its highs and lows - chief among the latter being a very disappointing so-called "masterclass" with a leading UK crime writer. Keep those words rolling out. - Tony

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