Tony Bailie is an Irish novelist, poet, and journalist. His third novel A Verse to Murder is now available as an ebook. Read Chapter One here. His previous two novels, ecopunks (2010) and The Lost Chord (2006) were both published in paperback by Lagan Press. All three can be ordered from Amazon.
He has also written two collections of poems, Coill, (2005) and Tranquillity of Stone (2010) both published by Lapwing Publication.
His story The Druid’s Dance appeared in the award-winning Irish crime-fiction anthology Requiems for the Departed published in June 2010 by Morrigan Books.
He had three haiku included in Bamboo Dreams an anthology of Irish Haiku.
Individual poems and short stories have been published in various journals and magazines including Verbal, Boyne Berries, Books Ireland, Crannog, and Revival.
He plays guitar and occasionally sings with the band Samson Stone.
A Verse To Murder
When police find Northern Ireland’s leading poet with a noose around his neck and his trousers around his ankles they assume it is a case of death by sexual misadventure.
However, when Sunday tabloid hack Barry Crowe looks into the dead poet’s background he uncovers blackmail, an erotic trio of muses and experimentation with psychedelic drugs… he also gets off with a foxy policewoman with a handcuff fetish.
Sex, drugs, violence and some damn fine poetry combine to make novelist Tony Bailie’s third novel A Verse to Murder a stylish, comic and rather kinky read.
Wolf Cliss – ecowarrior and green philosopher – is arrested in Slovenia while protesting against the destruction of an ancient oak forest to make way for a new motorway. He has been arrested dozens of times before, but now he is being blamed for a logger’s death.
Kei Yushiro is an alternative archaeologist who while working on a dig in the Sahara Desert thinks she has stumbled on proof that human civilizations may have existed thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
Lorcan O’Malley , a former wandering Irish musician, literally blew his mind on psychedelic drugs during the 60s and four decades later is still struggling to comprehend the terrifying insights into the human psyche that opened up before him.
Ecopunks follows Wolf as he battles to save rainforests in Asia and South America, faces being obliterated in a nuclear testing zone in the Pacific Ocean and runs the gauntlet of big business and governments who label him an ecoterrorist.
He is an archetype of the modern age but behind the image is a vulnerable man who bitterly resents the caricature that he has become.
Kei’s controversial theories about a sophisticated human civilization that existed long before official history began are dismissed by mainstream historians, but the evidence is there in ancient structures on every continent and myths in every culture.
It take’s Lorcan’s frazzled mind to draw the strands together and come to the conclusion that history is screaming a warning to us about the dangers of ignoring the consequence of accelerating climate change
Part adventure story, part psychological thriller and part new age philosophy, ecopunks is an environmental parable for the 21st century.
Copies can be ordered from Amazon
The Lost Chord
The Lost Chord is the story of a peculiarly Irish rock legend as seen through the eyes of Manus Brennan, Duil’s rhythm guitarist and former Belfast busker.
Picked up by the luckiest of flukes to join Gino and his not-so-merry men, Manus lives to the full the rock and roll lifestyle. As he happily admits in his recounting of the Gino legend, Manus leaves no cliche unturned: the boredom of touring, the drugs, the groupies, the joy and freedom of playing before thousands, the unexpected liberations of songwriting, the waste of money and the excesses of ego.
And yet at the centre of it all is Gino. One of the lads and yet always unknowable, whose sudden disappearance turns everyone’s world upside down.
Written with the verve and brio of Gino’s press interviews, Tony Bailie’s debut novel is a sardonic and entertaining romp through rock mythology.