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John R McKay

John R McKay was born and raised in Wigan, Greater Manchester and after serving in the Royal Air Force for seven years he joined Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service in 1997 until leaving to take up other pursuits, including writing.
He has two daughters and lives with his wife, Dawn.

John's debut novel, the thriller The Journal takes the reader from modern day England back to the two world wars.
His second novel, the acclaimed The Absolution Of Otto Finkel, is a historical novel covering largely unknown events of World War 2 and how war affects people in different ways.
His third novel 'Mosquitoes' is a break from his normal genre and is a contemporary study of how a man can 'lose the plot' when circumstances in his life change suddenly. A black comedy, Mosquitoes is a uniquely written story, told from the perspective of a man losing his mind.

He cites his modern literary favourites as Sebastian Faulkes, Robert Harris and Wilbur Smith.
He is currently working on his fourth novel, a return to historical fiction, which he is hoping to release in the second half of 2016.

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  • The Absolution Of Otto Finkel


    Brittany: in the summer of 1928, twelve-year-old Jack Graham and his brother Francis befriend the quiet German, Otto Finkel and together with the enigmatic Jean-Luc and virtuous Marco, they are involved in a serious case of misadventure that leaves a man dead and one of the boys disfigured.

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