A Man of Insignificance

About the Book

A Man of Insignificance is a novel about the importance of family. It is a murder mystery and a detective story but also contains political commentary. The first historical reference is in 1649 and is concerned with Oliver Cromwell’s brutal invasion of Ireland.  It then moves through time to the present and is concerned with the terrible actions and consequences of two men in Ireland in 1848.  The message is very much that actions have consequences and these consequences can leap through centuries wreaking havoc.


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When disgraced small time politician Danny Senetti and local GP Maxine Wells become implicated in the ritualistic murder of a reclusive spinster they form an unlikely alliance.

Drawn inexorably back almost two hundred years to historic famine-blighted Ireland they discover more unsolved killings as the trail leads them into the lives of two families across four generations.

Their discoveries unravel the source of the terrible mysterious curse of…

…A Man of Insignificance.

Author’s Comments

Over the years on television and radio I have heard and seen many writers who when  asked the question about how they came to write a particular book respond with some magnificently inspiring answers. I recall one writer referring to being present at the scene of the actual collapse of the Berlin Wall. Another spoke about a larger than life ‘bandido’ who she had met during a Central American people’s revolution being her own personal muse. Such inspiration is hard to beat and my own inspiration unfortunately wasn’t as grandiose as either of these two examples. I would really like to say that it was, but it wasn’t. Mine was more grounded in occupation than in inspiration.

In the summer of 2013, I found myself in an unexpected situation. I suddenly had a large amount of free time at least for the forthcoming twelve months. I pondered upon what to do with it. Several ideas came into and went out of my head and in the end I decided to write a book. More to the point, I decided to find out if I could write a book.

If there is any merit to be found, interest in, or even enjoyment to be had, from reading A Man of Insignificance, then any such success in part is due to two books I read while I was thinking of writing my own.

family outside irish cottage

A Typical Irish Cottage

I have visited Ireland on many occasions although I am not Irish myself neither by birth nor by upbringing, I do, like many others however have Irish antecedence. Perhaps because of this, I don’t really know for sure, I feel that I have an affinity with the Irish People in Ireland and for many years I have had an interest in Irish history. At that time I was reading ‘The Great Famine’ by the Irish writer Dr Ciaran O Murchadha and also ‘Ireland, a History’ by Professor Thomas Bartlett.  I read both books with growing interest and shock. In particular I began to think how I, or anybody else for that matter would feel if they had to live through the conditions that existed and the treatment that was meted out to ordinary Irish people during the period of The Great Famine. Out of these thoughts, came the Irish peasant boy Finbarr Breathnach. Without Finbarr there would be no Man of Insignificance.

I hope that A Man of Insignificance conveys the political, humane, historical and social commentary that I Intended. I also hope that it contains and demonstrates the philosophical humour that I sought to achieve. It can though just as easily be seen as a tale of the actions and consequences of one man’s hatred for another. I would like to think that readers will enjoy the time juxtaposition throughout the book as Councillor Danny Senetti and Doctor Maxine Wells try to unravel the mystery by going back through three centuries in time as the reader in turn moves forward in time to meet them. I would also hope that the reader finds some enjoyment in the portrayal of certain individual characters. Either those that are sustained throughout or those that make fleeting appearances or even both.

Copyright © 2015 K. C. Dowling

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