The Doom Murders


Fiction - Mystery - Murder
282 Pages
Reviewed on 07/13/2015
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Author Biography

Author Biography
Because of an irreversible disease that required a liver transplant, Dr. Brian O’Hare took early retirement in 1998. He now enjoys full health, plays golf, and writes from time to time. He is author of several academic articles as well as a number of book-length research reports. Moving away from academia, he penned a memoir entitled, A Spiritual Odyssey, followed by a biography, The Miracle Ship. The Doom Murders is the first of three fiction novels to be published by Crimson Cloak Publishing. Fallen Men and The 11.05 Murders will be published soon by CCP. The Coven Murders, third in the Inspector Sheehan series, is currently in preparation.

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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

The Doom Murders by Brian O’Hare is a story of a few murders. To begin with, a bishop is killed in a grotesque manner and the only notable clue from the naked body is an alphanumeric word. During the police investigation itself, more deaths of a comparable nature take place. When clues fail to emerge pointing to a plausible theory as to the criminal, the investigators turn to all possible forms of help, one being religious doctrine. With the help of biblical experts, the investigators manage to decode the writings retrieved from the scene of the crime, especially the alphanumeric word and its possible relevance, which leads the police in a totally unexpected direction.

The Doom Murders by Brian O’Hare is mystery at every turn of the page. The painstaking, repetitive and dry nature of detective work in solving a murder is shown in its real depth. To that end, O’Hare writes with a keen eye for detail with his tale evolving at a surprisingly fast pace. The stereotypes that dominate popular crime thrillers, especially these days, are notable by their absence and O’Hare leans toward the human side of his characters, imbuing them with a real world presence that is in turn witty and passionate. This is most evident in his lead, Jim Sheehan, who in his introspection wrestles with the conflicts of faith as his investigations progress. It’s a cleverly contrived and highly thought provoking plot. A great crime thriller and an enthralling read.