Closer to Home Crime Drama Novel

Bane Shaw – The Protagonist Speaks

Bane Shaw (of Closer to Home by Regan O’Leary) Dear readers, tonight with me is a Scottish musician, now living and working in Hollywood South (that’s the south Louisiana film industry, for those not in the know). He will tell us of his move, and of some dark secrets from his past that haunted him across the Atlantic.   It’s rumored that …

Excerpt From Chapter 21 Closer To Home – Retaliation

He watched Marsh walk to the front of the building and lean against the brick wall. Shaw got out of the truck and walked down the center of the parking lot toward the driveway exit. Marsh lit a cigarette just as Stacey Allen walked out of the building and straight up to him. She was a tall, skinny blonde gash …

Meet Grace Doucet in CLOSER TO HOME

Grace was Shaw’s Office Manager and a brilliant accountant. She and Garrett had been married for twenty-two years and had no children. Shaw was always amused by Grace. She and Bronagh had been best friends since elementary school and was Bronagh’s polar-opposite. Grace had a suntanned-complexion, short blonde hair, and she was spunky and high-strung. She had a flair for …

Sgian Dubh

The sgian dubh, pronounced Skee-An Doo, is a small single-edged knife, bearing a 3 or 4-inch blade that is most often associated with the traditional Scottish dress. Sgian, from the Gaelic meaning knife, and Dubh meaning black, originated in the Scottish Highlands. Although some believe its name, black knife refers to the material used to craft the handle, black actually …

Meet Bronagh Stewart in Closer To Home

Bronagh lived out of town, but she was going to be in Baton Rouge for some Christmas shopping and to meet Grace for the evening. Bronagh planned to spend the night with Grace and her husband, Garrett. Grace was certain Shaw would fall head over heels for her friend. Not likely, he had told himself. He liked being a bachelor, …

Closer to Home Crime Drama Novel

Excerpt from Chapter 18 Closer To Home How Shaw Handles The Hard “F”

After the service, Shaw was listening to sweet little Mrs. Eileen and her mostly deaf husband, Mr. Harold, when he eyeballed Bronagh chatting with Martin. Martin leaned in and kissed Bronagh’s cheek. Martin was Shaw’s height, six foot, well dressed, and a nice looking man. Shaw watched Bronagh shake her head, disagreeing with Martin, as he stroked both of her …

Meet Billy “Morse Code” Morrissey in CLOSER TO HOME

William “Billy” Morrissey had worked with Shaw at Soho Sound in London, and he was also part of the team that relocated to New York to set up SSNY. He was Shaw’s hire at Soho Sound. He abandoned New York and followed Shaw to Louisiana and was now his tech guy. Billy had grown up in County Kilkenny, Ireland and …

Meet Marsh Ellis in Closer To Home

Shaw purchased the musical equipment from a man who would later become his best friend. Marsh owned a music store that Billy and he wandered into one day after eating lunch at a nearby café. Marsh was teaching bass guitar to a fifteen-year-old boy when Billy and Shaw walked into his shop. Marsh had long, dark brown hair, green eyes, …

Excerpt From Chapter 7 Closer To Home

Bronagh lived in a four-bedroom modified Acadian-style house in a small town between Baton Rouge and New Orleans that sat in the middle of 41 acres of wooded land. There was a large backyard with a swimming pool that adjoined a big pasture with a barn. Bronagh invited her family from Shaw Sound Studios as well as her children and …

The Soundtrack from Closer To Home

Recently a reader, who had just finished reading Closer To Home, asked me how many songs I featured in the novel. To be honest, I didn’t know. I simply included artists and songs that were relevant to the story line. But her questions made me wonder, so I compiled a list in order of appearance – I call it: “The …