Lin Hui and Cheung Mingzhu win scholarships to study at Queen’s University in Belfast. Alina Balauru departs a poor farm in Romania for well paid work in Northern Ireland. Three lives harbouring long-cherished dreams. Three lives headed for tragedy.

Sheehan and his Serious Crimes Unit discover the body of one of the young women in the garden of an upmarket residence. Confronted with violent Chinese racketeers, brutal human-traffickers and a fiendishly clever killer called The Shadow, they are baffled by a case that seems to lead in two entirely different directions.

Can they find out who The Shadow is in time to save the other two victims?

“Thought-provoking, emotional and gut-wrenching. An exceptional crime-thriller and a must-read for any thriller lover.”
[Eric Praschan, Author of Blind Evil and The Burden of Silence]

“This is mystery writing of the highest quality by an author who deserves very wide recognition.” [Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Top 100 Reviewer]

“I am a fan of detective novels and this book reminds me pretty much of Stephen King’s or Jeffrey Deaver’s works.”
[Phg. Ngx., Online Book Club]


The Trafficking Murders by Brian O’Hare is one of the best crime thrillers I’ve read in years. He managed to grab my attention right from the start and didn’t let go until I reached the end. I think I might have even held my breath through a few scenes. Trust me, you’ll be biting your nails too, and even shedding a few tears, as you follow not only Chief Inspector Sheehan and his crew in the story, but the trafficked victims as well. These characters became real in my mind, I cared about them, and I had to keep turning the pages to see what would happen to them.

As usual, police procedure was spot on, allowing me to try to guess who might be behind this mysterious Shadow as we followed along. The clues are there, but you need to be on your toes if you want a chance to put everything together.

I have always enjoyed Brian’s crime thrillers, but there was an emotional element to this one that really had a profound effect on me. Maybe it’s because it touches so close to home for a lot of us. Human traffickers are monsters. They exist. And none of us, or our kids and grandkids, are truly safe from them. Kudos to Brian O’Hare for writing an awesome story. Can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.


Because of a debilitating illness, Dr. Brian O’Hare [B.A., ADCE(Hons.), M.A., Ph.D] took early retirement in 1998 from his post as Assistant Director of a large Regional College in Newry in Northern Ireland. It transpired that he had an irreversible liver disease (a childhood affliction) that required a liver transplant. Married with three children and ten grandchildren, he now enjoys full health, plays golf, and writes from time to time.

He is author of several academic works as well as two memoirs, and five award-winning fiction novels, including the Crimson Cloak’s Inspector Sheehan Mystery Series. Look for the first four award-winning books in the Sheehan series, The Doom Murders,The 11.05 MurdersThe Coven Murders, and The Dark Web Murders, available from a variety of distributors such as Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and Ingram.

There are also three Crimson Short Stories featuring Inspector Sheehan: Murder at Loftus HouseMurder at the Roadside Cafe, and Murder at the Woodlands Care Home.

 Also by Brian O’Hare:

The Miracle Ship– award winning religious non-fiction.

Fallen Men – award winning contemporary fiction.

A Spiritual Odyssey– a spiritual/medical memoir.

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About Denna Holm

I love reading and writing about fantasy and science fiction.

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