For the Love of Books – Local Crime Author Stephen Donnelly

For the Love of Books – Local Crime Author Stephen Donnelly

And free book giveaway for readers – 2 signed copies to WIN!

I don’t read crime stories, and I don’t do true crime podcasts or shows, so believe me, no one is more surprised than I am that I LOVED Assumed Identities, a self-published crime novel by Gap local Stephen Donnelly!

Since finishing I keep reflecting on how well written, how engaging, how much I enjoyed the characters, and why it has not been snapped up by a Publisher.

Stephen is a retired policeman, with over 40 years’ experience in general duties, investigations and specialist roles. He wrote this story upon retirement as a way of cathartically releasing memories and ‘war stories’, and to demonstrate the impact the policing role has on individuals, all whilst telling a gripping story full of twists and turns and correct police procedures.

Steve says it is fiction, however, characters and events are an “amalgam of notable characters he met on both sides of the law”.

It took a bit to settle into the story as there are lots of characters and back stories, but once I reached about 80 pages I could not put it down. The story centres around Jack King, a Police Officer in the Queensland Police Force, who becomes a covert operative. I won’t give too much away, but I loved the parts about the covert op training, and the mentions of The Gap and other Brisbane locations.

Our Gap Grapevine even gets a mention which made me chuckle. The short sharp chapters had me turning the pages until midnight.

Available to purchase online and at various local locations (full list on the website):

Stephen is also offering FREE DELIVERY within the Western Echo distribution area – use code ECHO at checkout.

Stephen also loves chatting with local Book Clubs or groups and you can contact him by email:

Happy Reading! 

Author: Sarah Krause @sarahsbookchat


Stephen has kindly donated 2 signed copies of his book as giveways! Please email us – or comment on social media – if you’d like to go in the draw to win a copy!