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‘The Last Drop Of Blood’
by Graham Masterton
Blog Tour Guest Post
“The Cork Connection”

I seem to have been on a run of Blog Tour spots, which have all featured towards the end of the programme. But I guess that’s ‘just the way the cookie crumbles!’

The positive for readers and followers of Fiction Books, is that there will already be plenty of previously featured extracts, guest posts and reviews, for you to check out and enjoy.

From my point of view, I am a very ‘happy bunny’, as Graham has sent through this ‘up close and personal’ guest post, which was so interesting to read in context with the premise of the book, despite the fact that I am coming in right on the end of a series, which is a real shame!

My thanks as ever, goes out to the great teams at NetGalley and Head of Zeus, for inviting me to participate in the tour!

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THE LAST DROP OF BLOOD – (Katie Maguire – Book #11)

Cover image of the book 'The last Drop Of Blood' by author Graham MastertonIt started with the judge.

He was about to sentence five of Cork’s most notorious criminals. But his body has just turned up, beaten and broken, on an isolated road in his burned-out car.

Now four members of a rival gang have been shot, and in retaliation three civilians have been blown up.

To Katie’s horror, Cork is becoming a gang battleground like Dublin.

Can Katie save the city? Can she save herself?

GRAHAM MASTERTON

Image of author Graham MastertonGraham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946. His grandfather was Thomas Thorne Baker, the eminent scientist who invented DayGlo and was the first man to transmit news photographs by wireless.

After training as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the new British men’s magazine Mayfair, where he encouraged William Burroughs to develop a series of scientific and philosophical articles which eventually became Burroughs’ novel The Wild Boys.

At the age of 24, Graham was appointed executive editor of both Penthouse and Penthouse Forum magazines. He is a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Woman, Woman’s Own and other mass-market self-improvement magazines.

Graham has published more than thirty-five horror novels and three short story collections. He is an Edgar Award and Bram Stoker Award-winner and a World Fantasy Award-nominee. In 2019 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writers’ Association. Graham’s novels often contain visceral sex and horror.

In addition to his novels Graham has also written a number of sex instruction books, including How To Drive Your Man Wild In Bed and Wild Sex for New Lovers.

Following the death of his late wife, Graham has relocated from their Gothic mansion in Cork, Ireland and is currently living in Surrey.

Keep up to date with Graham’s latest news on his website

Follow Graham on Twitter

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BLOG TOUR GUEST POST

The Cork Connection

Cork City in the south of Ireland takes a fierce amount of getting used to. They say that in Dublin they speak the clearest English in the world. The accent in Cork is something else altogether, high-pitched and gabbly, with an extraordinary variety of slang expressions, such as ‘fierce’ for ‘very.’ After my late wife Wiescka (Veeshka) and I moved there, to occupy a large Victorian house overlooking the River Lee, it took us at least six months before we could understand what anybody was saying.

It’s not only the slang – words like ‘bodice’ for rack of ribs, and ‘messages’ for shopping and ‘dooshie’ for small (‘could I have a dooshie piece of your chocolate bar?’) It’s the Irish logic, too. We heard a woman in our local pub say to her son, ‘Go to the shop and fetch five kilos of potatoes, would you, Seamus? But don’t get the big ones…they’re too heavy to carry.’

I was fascinated by the phraseology and the culture. Cork is the second-deepest harbour in the world after Sydney, and throughout history an extraordinary variety of ships have anchored there, from Vikings to Sir Francis Drake, and brought their language and their customs with them. People in Cork still say ‘take a sconce to that’ when they mean ‘take a look at that.’

I also realised that hardly any novels had been written about Cork, so I decided to write a crime thriller set in the city and surrounding countryside. I wanted the main character to be a woman officer in An Garda Síochána, the Irish police force, and I wanted her to be a very strong character because she not only had to solve crimes but deal with tangled personal and romantic problems. On top of that, she would have to deal with the misogyny of her male colleagues. She had been promoted to the rank of Detective Superintendent as part of the Garda’s drive to give more opportunity to female officers, and some of them had strongly resented it.

Writing from a woman’s point of view was another fascinating challenge. All of my best and closest friends in my life have been women, and even though a male author can never penetrate the female mind 100 percent, I believe I have considerable empathy with the way that women react and behave. At the moment I am writing a series of short horror stories with a young author Dawn G Harris. Our creative thinking and our styles click in a way that I have never experienced before and it is both refreshing and enlightening to work with another writer of the opposite sex.

The Last Drop Of Blood, is the eleventh thriller featuring Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire. She has faced many hair-raising challenges so far, as well as personal tragedy (but personal passion, too.) The story begins when a former lover of hers, a distinguished judge, is found incinerated in the burned-out wreckage of his car, only hours before he was due to pass sentence on a convicted murderer.

Finding out who killed him, and why, involves a confrontation with two of Cork’s most dangerous gangs. At the same time, Katie has other crimes to solve, especially that of the Lee Pusher, who appears to be pushing innocent people at random into the River Lee and drowning them.

Writing about Katie Maguire has been both enjoyable and instructive. I have had to include quite a lot of Cork slang for the sake of authenticity, although I have used it to a minimum in case my readers are completely baffled, as we were when we first arrived in the city.

The Last Drop Of Blood, is supposed to be the last thriller in which Katie appears, but I don’t think it’s a spoiler to let you know that she survives at the end, and who knows what crimes she may be called on to solve in the future?

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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2 comments
  • Given my burgeoning backlog of books (how about that alliteration!!), I don’t see this novel making it to my list any time soon (besides, it’s book 11). I did, however, very much enjoy this guest post from the author. What an interesting background he has!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I knew that you would immediately hone in on the fact that this is book #11 and purportedly the final book in the Katie Maguire series. Although they sound as though they work fine as stand alone stories, even I shall probably go back to the start of the series, when I get the chance!

      Back in my younger days, I was very much into reading horror stories, so I read many of Graham’s early stand alone horror books, including the first couple of episodes in the ‘Harry Erskine’ series.

      https://www.fantasticfiction.com/m/graham-masterton/

      I must admit that I had no idea about Graham’s proclivity for sex based writing and was quite surprised by that revelation, although like Graham, my husband will also always opt for working with women over other male colleagues, as he is able to build up a much better rapport with them!

      Many of the Cork slang words Graham quotes, are used quite regularly over here on the English mainland too, although ‘bodice’ and ‘take a sconce to that’, are both new to me.

      I really enjoyed putting this post together and thank you for taking the time to read it and comment 🙂

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