Blog Tour & Guest Post | The Silent Pool by Phil Kurthausen (@philkurthausen)

18 December 2016

Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Silent Pool by Phil Kurthausen, read on the find out all you need to know about the book and its author, enter a giveaway and read the guest post I am featuring today!

How long can the past be kept secret?

It is a time of austerity. Financial cuts are biting hard and the once great City of Liverpool finds itself now almost bankrupt. At the eleventh hour funding is found in the form of enigmatic billionaire Kirk Bovind, a religious zealot, determined to change the moral and religious fibre of his old hometown and bringing salvation to the streets.

So when a man disappears without trace solitary lawyer, Erasmus Jones, agrees to track down missing Stephen, but quickly discovers that this is more than just a missing person case. Men are being brutally murdered across the city and Erasmus suspects the deaths are all linked.

As the search for Stephen grows and the ripples from the past begin to spread Erasmus has to ask himself whether Bovind could be behind the killings or if someone is trying to frame him and weaken the strangle hold he has over the city?

Who will be the next to die...?

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Guest Post:
Sexting, suicide and football abuse
Best selling author Phil Kurthausen talks ‘Sudden Death’

When I was writing the second in the Erasmus Jones series I spoke with my friends with children.   What was their greatest fear I asked them?  I got a plethora of different answers from their child becoming a tory from my perpetually left wing friend Paul to the usual spectrum of disease and stranger danger.  But there was one common response the Internet.   Yes, the greatest tool for communication since Guttenberg had a bright idea is also the source of some of our deepest fears.

I wasn’t surprised. The repository of all human knowledge and experience, the Internet reflects back at us what we have put in it.  Of course, along with the instant communication, the works of Shakespeare, Goethe and Ian Rankin (he owes me for that) come all the rest of the dark soul of humanity, suffering, sexual commerce, and manipulation from Nigerian diplomats seeking account numbers of desperate pensioners to adults willing on others to kill themselves on a live feed.

In ‘Sudden Death’ Erasmus Jones, father to an estranged daughter, discovers a serial killer who kills in just this way, contacting the victim, befriending them, identifying their weakness and then manipulating them to a place where death seems the only rational option.

As we place more of our information, and what are we but a collection of information, on line, it seems to me that we risk giving those adept at divining the secrets in our hearts the key to breaking them apart.

Every other week seems to bring a story about another teen pushed into killing themselves this way and I wonder how long it will be before we see a genuine murderer adopt this methodology?

In ‘Sudden Death’ ,the follow up to ‘The Silent Pool’,  I imagined myself as a person that wanted to do that.  It’s not a nice place but here’s the thing, it’s easy for them to be there, behind their bedroom door, all alone and committing murder.


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About the Author:

Phil Kurthausen was brought up in Merseyside where he dreamt of being a novelist but ended up working as a lawyer. He has travelled the world working as a flower salesman, a light bulb repair technician and, though scared of heights, painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Ken Dodd once put him in a headlock for being annoying.

He has had work broadcast on BBC radio 4 extra, published some short stories and his novel ‘The Killing Pool’ won the Thriller Round in the Harper Collins People’s Novelist Competition broadcast on ITV in November 2011 and appeared in the final. It was later shortlisted for the Dundee International Literary Prize in 2012. He lives in Chester.

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