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Mokusatsu is the long awaited sequel to Novelist Mick Donnellan’s first book El Niño. Despite
the Japanese name, Mokusatsu is set in Ireland – and a significant part of the story is set in Galway and Mayo. Charlie,
the protagonist, is out on bail and back on the sauce. Still devastated over the events of El Niño, he drinks to kill the pain and robs all he can to feel alive. But the past won’t give him peace. The police want him in jail. Kramer’s old
crew have a price on his head, and his new employer has big plans to carve out his own niche in the criminal underworld — with Charlie at the helm.
Roped into a series of audacious heists and ingenious schemes, he finds himself involved with illegal diesel in Westmeath, stolen cash machines in Mayo and violent debt collection in Galway. Couple that with his regular income of stealing
wallets and robbing shops and you have a cyclone of a man roaring down a path to destruction. And bringing everybody with him.
And then there’s Karena. The beautiful girl that may save him — but maybe she should know better?
At times dark, others touching, and often comic, Mokusatsu is a fiction readers feast of Irish Crime Writing.
About Mick’s first novel El Niño
El Niño is set in Ballinrobe and the surrounding landscapes of Mayo and Galway, the book tells the story of Charlie, a sympathetic delinquent trapped in a world of crime and alcoholism. Hailed as a new voice, and
a crime fiction breakthrough for the West.
About Mick Donnellan
Mick Donnellan completed the MA in Writing at NUIG in 2004. Since then he has worked as a novelist, journalist, travel writer, teacher and Playwright. He completed his first novel, El
Niño,in 2005. He left Ireland soon after and went on to live in Spain, Australia and Canada. While traveling he worked as a travel writer and Journalist and co-founded
the Arts Paper – Urban Pie – in Vancouver. Upon returning to Ireland he went on to work with Druid (2009) and RTE (2010).
Later, he established his own theatre company, Truman Town Theatre. All Truman Town Plays are written, directed, and produced by Mick. The company exploded on to the theatrical circuit in 2011 with their hit Play – Sunday Morning Coming
Down. Following a national tour, they went on to produce (and tour) two more hugely successful Plays Shortcut to Hallelujahand Gun Metal Grey. These dramas eventually became known as the “Ballinrobe Trilogy.”
Moving slightly from rural settings but not themes, the company toured a fourth Play, Velvet Revolution. An intense two hander set in a stark urban landscape, it created interest in Mick’s work among the film industry.
While the film was in development, Mick’s second novel – “Fisherman’s
Blues.“was published. As it rose up the ranks, and enjoyed positive reviews, Mick was taken on board as screenwriter on the Radio Luxembourg project.
After some months commuting to and from London, the script was locked down and a shoot organised in the Jordanian desert.
Titled Tiger Raid and
Starring Brian Gleeson, Damian Molony and Sofia Boutella, it was accepted into the Tribeca film festival (New York) and was also seen at Cannes and Edinburgh, and the Irish Premiere was screened at the Galway Film Fleadh.
Most of 2018/19 has been spent working on the exciting screen adaptation of Shortcut to Hallelujah with Florence Films. Hot off the press, the screenplay is titled Sam and is based around the gypsy curse supposedly set on the Mayo Football
team as they returned home as All Ireland Champions in 1951. Set in the present day, Sam is drenched in Irish lyricism and modern day dark humour. The script has been been met with keen interest by film producers and actors throughout the industry.
Mick currently works as a Creative Writing Lecturer at Athlone Institute of Technology.