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Laurence O'Bryan

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Dublin, Ireland




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March 2011


My first novel, The Istanbul Puzzle, was short listed for the Irish crime novel of the year 2012. My second novel, The Jerusalem Puzzle came out in January, 2013. My third, The Manhattan Puzzle, was published in October, 2013. The fourth novel in the series, The Nuremberg Puzzle, was published April, 2016.

My roots go back to a small estate deep in the Mountains of Mourne, near the Silent Valley, in County Down, Northern Ireland.

I went to school in Dublin, drank way too much, studied English and history, then business, then IT at Oxford University. While a student, I worked as a kitchen porter in a club near the Bank of England.

After that I spent ten years working in the City of London, the creaking hub of world finance.

Now I have three ki

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The Cairo Puzzle Now Available

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The Cairo Puzzle is now available! Reviews always appreciated on Amazon.

This wraps up the Puzzle series. We find out what happened to Sean after Nuremberg. Many thanks to all the fans of the series who have waited so long to see what happens in the end.

The story takes Isabel to Cairo in search of Sean. She found out that a private jet evacuated someone for medical reasons

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The Manhattan Puzzle (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: The 3rd novel in the Puzzle series.
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Description: The second novel in the puzzle series sees Isabel and Sean travelling to Jerusalem to discover what happened to Dr Susan Hunter, who was translating the manuscript they found in Istanbul.
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Description: A brutal murder. An ancient temple. A long lost treasure.
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“Say a prayer to whatever God you believe in or none, and find the strength within you to keep going, and get back on the road after every fall and write, then write some more. You’re a writer, if you write.”
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“The Plexiglas window was half an inch thick. No sound could be heard from the clean room beyond the glass. There wouldn’t be much noise, anyway. The ten-year-old boy lying on the stainless steel gurney was barely breathing, and the blood oozing from his orifices would create only the faintest dripping noise as it fell on the powder-blue floor tiles. The boy had pulled at the leather straps holding him down when the doctor entered the room. As he’d stared, owl-eyed, at doctor Brandt he’d whispered the only word in English he seemed to know – father – before the doctor gave him the injection. Doctor”
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message 26: by Tom

Tom Greer Hi, Lawrence, thanks for friending me on Goodreads. My new crime novel, Death Comes Calling, is now available from Kindle ebook and paperback form, so please feel free to take a look via the Amazon UK link at the bottom.

The Kindle price is £2.99 and the paperback price is £9.32.

A successful career woman is found dead on the floor of her North London kitchen with her throat brutally slashed. Beside the body lies a half-open razor with a single droplet of blood at the tip of an otherwise pristine blade.

However, the forensics prove this razor can’t be the murder weapon, and when another successful career woman is found murdered a few days later, again in her kitchen, again with her throat cut and again with a blood-tipped half-open razor placed beside her body, Detective Chief Inspector John Gore of the Metropolitan Police fears he has a potential serial killer on his hands.

As the body count rises the pressure is mounting on Gore to quickly find and stop the killer.

Meanwhile someone is sending him taunting notes, each headed, Death Comes Calling, and Gore begins to realise the killer is playing mind games not just with the police, but with him personally. The question is…why?

Thanks, Tom.

JerriFaye Thomason Hi Laurence,

I wish I could join your Book Give Away but my publisher is removing my book from Ingram's Book List. I never did get my book, Our World In Poetry "Today's News ~ Is Tomorrow's History" into book stores. The publisher did nothing to help. The stores I went into said that they could not turn a profit because of their price to purchase. My book was pricey, but it was a book that could have become an heirloom. I write news poetry and it is illustrated pictorially. It's not digital because of the pictorial collages. I write in basic english with no hidden meanings and I researched my work. It is at amazon if you want to check it out in BOOKS use my full name, much easier to find.

Thank you for the invite.

(a.k.a. JerriFaye Thomason)

message 24: by gj

gj indieBRAG Hi- thanks for becoming a friend!
Please take a moment and stop at our website to subscribe to our newsletter and like us on Facebook- we would love to have you.
You might want to join our group- indieBRAG here on Goodreads.

message 23: by A.R.

A.R. Simmons Laurence, Hello

Good to meet you on GR. I will follow as time permits.

AR Simmons

message 22: by L (last edited Jan 19, 2013 03:48AM)

L Dear Laurence,
Thank you so much for being my friend here on GoodReads. I apsolutely LOVED 'the jerusalem puzzle' and concider myself to have been extremely lucky, to have won a copy of this book through a GoodReads giveaway. I do hope that my review helps in promoting your work.

Also, i do hope to have the oportunity of reading your other book 'The Istanbul Puzzle' at some point, and don't know whether it might be possible to have a copy to read and review? It would be good to start the journey from the beginning.

Kind Regards
Lucinda x

Laurence O'Bryan Thank you Douglas. I hope you enjoy it!

Douglas wrote: "Laurence, nice having you as a friend on Goodreads as well as Twitter!!!
Your book is on my KINDLE! Looking forward to it. I will shelf it on Goodreads. I forget to do that!"

message 20: by John

John Bartlett Hi Laurence - I see you like thrillers ...for 3 more days only Amazon is doing my 400 page, 5 star rated legal thriller, Chequered Justice for Kindle FREE! If you like legal thrillers please download a copy and review for Goodreads! In just 2 days Chequered Justice has been downloaded almost 8,000 times! Thanks

message 19: by Douglas

Douglas Wickard Laurence, nice having you as a friend on Goodreads as well as Twitter!!!
Your book is on my KINDLE! Looking forward to it. I will shelf it on Goodreads. I forget to do that!

message 18: by Taznim

Taznim thanks for the add and all the best with your writing!!!

message 17: by Haylee

Haylee Hello, how are you? Thanks for the friend request! Look forward to discussing books with you

message 16: by VampireNovelFan (last edited Jan 04, 2012 06:06AM)

VampireNovelFan Thanks for the friendvite, Laurence! Happy reading and good luck with your writing!


message 15: by Melissa

Melissa Thanks for the friend request! Looking forward to sharing more books with you.


message 14: by Carolyn

Carolyn Haven Thank you for your friendship. Happy writing and reading.

message 13: by Natasha

Natasha Thank you for connecting with me on goodreads, I look forward to sharing some good books and some not so good good books with you -♥-
Sincerely Natasha
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Laurence O'Bryan Harlequin Books wrote: "Hello Laurence, it is a pleasure to meet you."

Hi Harlequin!

Great to meet you too.

Laurence O'Bryan Melita Christina wrote: "Thank u Laurence for ur invite!!

Happy writing and reading!!


Thanks Melita. Wishing you well too.

Laurence O'Bryan Dustin wrote: "Thanx for the friend request :)"

Great to meet you. More power to your courage and your heart. Wishing you well.

Laurence O'Bryan Melita Christina wrote: "Thank u Laurence for ur invite!!

Happy writing and reading!!


Hi Melita. Great to meet you.

Laurence O'Bryan Carolyn wrote: "Thank you for your friendship. Happy writing."

Thanks Carolyn. All the best with your writing too.

Carolyn Haven Thank you for your friendship. Happy writing.

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My birth in Alabama, youth, school-Niceville, Dunedin, Bartow and Bonifay, Florida, church-Safety Harbor and Bartow Florida, high school-Holmes County High School, US Navy Service, music-Hollywood, Memphis, Nashville, Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination Investigation, recording and releasing the single record of the song about the MLK assassination, THEY SLEW THE DREAMER and more.

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Harlequin Books Hello Laurence, it is a pleasure to meet you.

Laurence O'Bryan Thanks Bonnie. I made a token gesture of standing up, but it was enough for me right now.

The code book is good, not for a full read through, but for checking out parts of the history of code development and for dipping into. Take care! L

Bonnie Hi Laurence, thanks for the friend request. Interesting reading you've got there, especially The Code Book. It sounds intriguing, would you recommend it?

P.S. Good on you for sticking to your guns, re: saying no.

Laurence O'Bryan Hi Jesse,

Thanks for the link to your spiritual allegory. I am always interested in the mystery of the unknown. I wish you well on your journey.


message 1: by Jesse

Jesse Hanson I appreciate your including me among your goodreads friends, LP. Looks like fascinating reading material on your list.
If you have an interest in spirituality, I will invite you to consider my spiritual allegory, Song of George: Portrait of an Unlikely Holy Man. It's fiction, inspired by my personal life.
Best wishes. Namaste, jesse

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