The Convict Stain


Late January 1985 Dame Kiri is launching Vukovich Sauvignon Blanc on the Sydney Opera House steps with major shareholders the Delaney family present. The American nuclear warship the Buchanan is in harbour for ANZUS exercises and protesters are out in force, among them Ali Delaney and her American boyfriend. Detective Sergeant Maria Pikowai, née Delaney, is in town as protection detail for New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange secretly meeting his Australian counterpart Bob Hawke in the Sydney Hilton hotel. DS Pikowai joins Australian and American security forces confronting plots to sink the warship, kidnap Lange and destroy the ANZUS accord. Then there are the Delaney family problems damned and potentially redeemed by the convict stain. 'An intense part of New Zealand and Australian history, remodelled with the Paekakariki wordsmith's magic.' David Haxton, Kapiti News and NZ Herald 'You never feel short-changed in a McGill mystery.' David Hill, NZ Listener My first encounter with McGill’s Delaney family makes me want to read more about them and their exploits.  A rollicking tale made especially interesting through its links to recent historical events.    Black humour reminiscent of Janet Evanovich.  4 stars.           Rob Crozier crime fiction aficionado   30 8 21   David McGill's latest novel in the Dan Delaney thriller series is a very interesting take on the convict history of Australia, and not surprisingly it is a very Irish story. Even the villain, a bullish American CIA-type, is a Malone. The novel contains a wonderful scene in a Catholic Convent where the nuns subvert the Americans. Another thing I really enjoyed is McGill's use of Sydney as a character. This is a great use of place as personality in the vein of [...]

The Convict Stain2021-09-11T12:23:39+12:00

The Manger, the Mikdash and the Mosque


1975: Former detective and spy-catcher Dan Delaney and his West Auckland family are on a visit to the Holy Land which goes horribly wrong from the moment they land at Ben-Gurion Airport. A plot is underway to desecrate the most sacred sites and incite conflict between the three great religions whose worship centres on a small area of inner Jerusalem. The Israeli authorities are determined at any cost to prevent another terrorist outrage such as that at Ben-Gurion Airport concourse a few years before, or worse, the recent surprise Yom Kippur attack that threatened the nation’s survival. Old enemies have put Delaney’s family in the crosshairs of their planned outrages. This is the fifth Dan Delaney mystery.  Roger Hall: ‘Cracking yarn.’ Fiona Kidman: ‘A vivid inside view of Israel as well as rattling along with a fast-paced crime story.’ Graeme Lay: ‘The tautly structured plot of this thriller grips the reader from the first to the final page. Set in the so-called Holy Land, the novel’s characters and themes are as meaningful today as they were during the 1970s setting. Jerusalem – spiritual home to Jews, Moslems and Christians – is vividly evoked and forms a vibrant backdrop to the conflicts and tribulations of the Delaney family.’ Paperback NZ$29.95 from publisher or bookshops, ebook NZ$7.50 from – or from Amazon.

The Manger, the Mikdash and the Mosque2020-05-14T15:10:54+12:00

Death of an Agent


Easter 1965: the fiery start to protests against New Zealand troops in Vietnam Ru Patterson, the country’s leading broadcaster, is organizing protests against President Johnson’s envoy Henry Cabot Lodge, in Wellington to pressure New Zealand to send troops to Vietnam. Dan Delaney is first on the scene of a young naked woman dead in a hot tub and Ru unconscious beside her. Dan interferes with evidence to protect his friend. The NZ Security Intelligence Service continues the deceased agent’s attempts to sideline Patterson and infiltrate students threatening violence, including an anarchist attracted to arson. Delaney is dragooned into helping the authorities, threatening his personal relationships with Ru and his daughter Hinemoa, Dan’s goddaughter. Hine is a headstrong young drama student mixed up in marijuana trafficking and in mad, crazy love with an older student who treats her no better than the parts they play, Hamlet and Ophelia. With Ru sidelined, Dan is well aware of his duty of care. Delaney is caught up in gang and police threats against Hine, a police raid on a suspected marijuana dealer, an SIS interrogation, the planting of an incendiary device in a student theatre, an unexpected encounter with Prime Minister Keith Holyoake, student confrontation at Lodge’s airport arrival and an incendiary incident at Parliament, with Special Task Force marksmen surrounding the building. The stability of the ANZUS alliance and Dan’s family life depend on the outcome. Murray Gray, Founding Director, Going West Books & Writers’ Festival, said of the first three Dan Delaney stories: ‘McGill’s trilogy of local thrillers are all pacy novels that are informed by honest and astute social histories. He imagines political incidents and crafts satisfying narrative action around them that opens up an alternative [...]

Death of an Agent2019-05-09T15:38:25+12:00