Ferny Grove Detective Turned Full Time Author

Review by Samantha Salmela

Author Jack Roney
Author Jack Roney

In the world of crime fiction, authenticity is often a rare and sought-after quality that brings stories to life.

Jack Roney, a former police officer and child protection detective with over 30 years of experience, has made an impactful transition from law enforcement to the realm of writing, crafting gripping novels that draw inspiration from his real-life encounters.

The power of storytelling

Throughout his career as a detective, Roney was profoundly affected by some investigations and cases he was involved in. Harnessing the power of storytelling, he found solace in expressing his thoughts and emotions through his writing.

Now, as a full-time author, Roney’s novels continue to reflect his wealth of experiences, captivating readers with expertly-paced, emotionally-charged storytelling.

While Roney’s novels are not recreations of actual cases, they bear the mark of authenticity, borrowing elements from his vast array of encounters on the job.

He shares, “I wrote this scene which was loosely based on a real event I’d experienced, and from that I developed a whole fictional storyline.”

New series thrillers

The Detective Jarrod O’Connor series, Roney’s most recent novels, are described by reviewers as compelling, hang-on-for-dear-life thrillers. The novels in the series, The Angels Wept, The Demons Woke, and The Shadows Watch, delve into the world of crime with a firm grip.

Through genuine investigation procedure description and police officer dialogue, Roney’s personal involvement in detective work is evident and brutally honest on paper, providing candid insider perspectives into the fictional Australian-crime scene.

Supporting local writers matters

The Detective Jarrod O’Connor series is to be launched on 5th August 2023 through Brisbane-based Hawkeye Publishing. Carolyn Martinez, the Director of Hawkeye Publishing, speaks highlight of Roney’s work, emphasizing the importance of bringing genuine Australian stories to readers. “In Jack Roney’s case, I knew within the first hundred pages of his manuscript that I wanted to sign him.

No one can write crime better than a former detective who has taken the time to learn the craft of compelling fiction writing.”

As readers immerse themselves in the pages of Jack Roney’s novels, they are taken on a rollercoaster ride through riveting plots and unforgettable characters.

Roney’s journey from a dedicated detective to a masterful crime fiction author serves as an inspiration, reminding us that the most potent tales often spring from the rawest truths.


Learn more about Jack Roney via his Hawkeye author page or website.


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