Sunday 20 August 2017



FINALIST for Spinetingler Magazine's Best Novella of 2011 Award

Praise for Fingers Murphy:

Fingers Murphy was recently named one of the Top 3 Indie Crime Authors by Crime Fiction Utopia.

Readers and reviewers call his work "poetic" "literate" "fast-paced and suspenseful" and "as good as it gets."

New York Times Bestselling author Debbi Mack wrote of his debut legal thriller: "Move over John Grisham!"

Now Fingers Murphy pushes his work in a new direction with this deceptively simple novella that explores the basic question: what drives someone to kill?

The answer, like life itself, is never as simple as it seems. As a prison psychologist and his young patient peel back layers of violence, abuse, mistrust, and missed opportunities, we see a family imploding on itself and the sometimes disastrous effect parental decisions have on children. 

Killers aren't born, they're made.

This 30,000 word novella will keep you up late to finish it in one sitting, and it will stick with you long after you put it down.

Fingers Murphy is the pen name of a well-known international criminal defense attorney.

A bit of naval-gazing with this one. Our protagonist has been in prison for over five years for his part in the death of someone - a someone unknown to the reader as yet.

His release date is approaching and our story is relayed to us through his monthly session with the prison psychologist. The sessions are designed to prepare him for life outside; to help him confront the decisions he made in an effort to steer him on a better path in future.

A difficult upbringing, a drift away from school into a dead-end job which in time leads to unemployment, a fracture in the family and friction with a step-father, death and loss and coping with a sick relative and bereavement, a relationship founded on fun and lust and floundering in hardship.

Not necessarily poor choices made, just a drift caused by lethargy and a lack of purpose. A flash of temper and a fiery confrontation and a gesture of spite = unintended consequences and where we are today.

Thoughtful, powerful and impressive. Factor in short as well - 128 pages total, a fair few of which are a sample of his three other books. I'll be reading more from Fingers Murphy in the future.

4.5 from 5

Fingers Murphy is a pseudonym for a well known international criminal defense attorney. He's on Twitter@fingers_murphy

$200 and a Cadillac, Follow the Money and The Flaming Motel await.

Read in December, 2016
Published  - 2011
Page count - 128
Source - purchased
Format - kindle


  1. Sounds like an interesting way to tell the story, Col. And it sounds realistic. I'm sure that a lot of incarcerated people need that kind of preparation and support when they get ready to leave prison. Glad you enjoyed this.

    1. I did enjoy this one Margot. It was a great introduction to another fine author, who I'm sure I will enjoy more from in the future.

  2. OK, that does sound good, count me intrigued - and loving his pseudonym and the reason for it...

    1. It's a great name for an author and his writing and storytelling isn't too shabby either.

  3. Definitely sounds interesting. I look forward to your reports on more of his writing.

    1. I hope to feature a couple from him soon. Only a highlight, I've not read any more yet.

  4. Col – This is the first I have heard of this writer. I will give him a try. Thanks.

    1. I'm not sure how I got onto him. Too many idle hours browsing Amazon and the internet probably.