David M. Kiely (b. 10 July 1949, Dublin) is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. Having worked in advertising in several countries, he returned to Ireland in 1991, to take up writing full time. His first book was published in 1994. He currently lives in Newry, County Down, with his wife and co-author Christina McKenna.
"The Epic of Mesopotamia" (2016 Parsifal Press, Newry) is an historical novel, published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disastrous British Army campaign in what would become Iraq. Central to the story is Robert Lampeter, a young cineaste commissioned to record the advance up the river Tigris. The push failed at Kut-al-Amara, where the British forces were besieged by the Ottomans. Lampeter was imprisoned in Turkey, where he secretly filmed the Ottoman genocide of Armenians and Assyrians, as well as the horrors experienced by British POWs, all forced into slave-labour on the Berlin-Baghdad railway.
"John Millington Synge: A Biography" was intended for the non-academic reader. It was published in 1994 by Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, and St. Martin's Press, New York.
"A Night in the Catacombs: Fictional Portraits of Irish Literati" (1995 Lilliput Press, Dublin) is a book of short stories in each of which a celebrated writer takes centre stage, ranging from Jonathan Swift to Brendan Behan. It was exceptionally well received by critic and public alike ("An ingenious, inventive, and innovative fictional voyage." - The Irish Times). A Kindle edition was published in 2012.
"Modern Irish Lives" (1996 Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, and St. Martin's, New York) is an encyclopedia of men and women who influenced Irish life in the twentieth century. Kiely contributed more than five hundred articles to the book.
"The Angel Tapes" (1997 St. Martin's, New York, and Blackstaff Press, Belfast) is a crime thriller set in Dublin. It features the hunt for an unknown bomber who is targeting the forthcoming visit to the country of the President of the United States.
"Eyeless in Cooley" (2015 Parsifal Press, Newry) is book two in the Blade Macken crime series. The Dublin detective and his assistant must solve an unusual murder case set close to Irish border. As the plot thickens, recent European history discloses grim truths, including dark deeds the Catholic Church is determined to keep buried.
"The Ghost of '98" (2017 Parsifal Press, Newry) One of a mere handful of novels that employ the second person singular, The Ghost of '98 tells the story of Joy McCracken, a young New Yorker who visits Northern Ireland. She's intent on suicide and has several encounters with a ghost from two centuries before.
"Bloody Women: Ireland's Female Killers" (1998 Gill & Macmillan, Dublin) contains 17 cases of Irishwomen who were found guilty of murder or manslaughter. The cases range from that of Victorian murderer Kate Webster to that of Susan Christie, who fatally stabbed her love rival in 1993.
"Deadlier Than the Male: Ireland's Female Killers" (2005 Gill & Macmillan, Dublin) is a sequel to "Bloody Women" and spans roughly the same period, i.e. from Victorian times to the present day.
"The Dark Sacrament: Exorcism in Modern Ireland" (2006 Gill & Macmillan, Dublin,) co-authored with Christina McKenna, contains nine contemporary cases of exorcism. A special American edition was published in October 2007 by HarperOne, San Francisco. It contains additional material. A paperback edition was issued in 2008.
"More Bloody Women: Ireland's Most Dangerous Females" (2009 Poolbeg Press, Co. Dublin) is the third in this series of true crime books. Unlike its predecessors, this book concentrates on more recent killings, from the case of Majella Boland, who hired a hitman to murder her husband in 1989, to the tragedy of Mary Prendergast of Cork, who was convinced her daughter was the Devil and stabbed her to death in 2006. Readers will recognize high-profile women such as Catherine Nevin, Sharon Collins, and the Mulhall Sisters. But there are also lesser-known cases that will both appal and fascinate.